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List of Adobe XD Keyboard Shortcuts for macOS and Windows

What I love most about modern design and prototyping apps like Sketch, Figma and Adobe XD, is that not only are they very keyboard-centric, but the keyboard shortcuts themselves are so easy to remember. Like “R” for Rectangle — in Photoshop it’s “U” — what the feck? Fill is “G”! Not intuitive or useful at all.

Adobe XD is more like Sketch or Figma than Photoshop. It's a minimalist vector app for designing icons and prototyping user interfaces quickly, cleanly and efficiently.

It must be quite difficult to create a perfect set of keyboard shortcuts, but I think Adobe have done well this time around. Here’s a complete list of keyboard shortcuts for the macOS and Windows versions of Adobe XD (including some that even Adobe have missed in the official documentation!). It should be noted that the Windows version of Adobe XD is a little more limited when it comes to keyboard shortcuts.

General Adobe XD Shortcuts (macOS)

These shortcuts pretty much apply to all macOS apps.

  • Quit App: command + Q
  • Hide App Window: command + H
  • Hide Other App Windows: command + option + H
  • Minimise App Window: command + M

Basic Shortcuts (macOS)

  • Undo: command + Z
  • Redo: command + shift + Z
  • Cut: command + X
  • Copy: command + C
  • Paste: command + V
  • Duplicate: command + D
  • Delete: delete
  • Select All: command + A
  • Deselect All: command + shift + A

Workspace Commands (macOS)

  • Zoom In: command and +
  • Zoom Out: command and -
  • Zoom to Fit: command + 0
  • Zoom 100%: command + 1
  • Zoom 200%: command + 2
  • Zoom to Selection: command + 3
  • Show Artboard Grid: command + ‘
  • Enter Full Screen: command + control + F
  • Switch Workspace: control + tab
  • Switch to Layers Panel: command + Y
  • Switch to Symbol Library: command + shift + Y

Switch Between Tools (macOS)

The select tool (V) is something that Adobe fans will recognise instantly — Sketch users on the other hand will be more familiar with how Sketch automatically selects and deselects layers/objects as you click around the canvas (tip: you can quickly deselect a layer/object in Adobe XD by pressing the esc button).

  • Select: V
  • Rectangle: R
  • Ellipse: E
  • Line: L
  • Pen: P
  • Text: T
  • Artboard: A

Export/Share/Preview (macOS)

  • Export Asset: command + E
  • Import Asset: command + shift + I
  • Share Prototype: command + shift + E
  • Preview Prototype: command + return

Rearrange Layer Hierarchy (macOS)

  • Bring Forward: command + ]
  • Send Backward: command + [
  • Bring to Front: command + shift + ]
  • Send to Back: command + shift + [

Object Commands (macOS)

  • Group: command + G
  • Ungroup: command + shift + G
  • Make Symbol: command + K
  • Make Repeat Grid: command + R
  • Mask with Shape: command + shift + M
  • Lock Object (object cannot be moved/styled): command + L
  • Hide Object (object will not be visible): command + ;

Distribute Layers (macOS)

  • Horizontal: command + control + H
  • Vertical: command + control + V

Change Font Styles (macOS)

  • Bold: command + B
  • Italic: command + I

Align Layers (macOS)

  • Left: command + control + ←
  • Right: command + control + →
  • Top: command + control + ↑
  • Bottom: command + control + ↓
  • Center (horizontally): command + control + C
  • Middle (vertically): command + control + M

Boolean Operation Commands (macOS)

  • Add: command + option + U
  • Subtract: command + option + S
  • Intersect: command + option + I
  • Exclude Overlap: command + option + X
  • Convert to Path: command + 8

Drawing Keyboard Shortcuts (macOS)

  • Pen Tool: P
  • Convert Straight →← Mirrored Point: double-click
  • Asymmetric Control Point: option-hold
  • Snap Control Point Angle: shift-hold
  • Snap Anchor Point Angle: shift-hold

Miscellaneous Shortcuts (macOS)

  • Draw/Resize From Center: option-hold
  • Constrain (Maintain Aspect Ratio): shift-hold
  • Constrain From Center: option + shift
  • Constrain Rotate (15°): shift-hold
  • Line Constrain Rotate (45°): shift-hold
  • Smart Guides: option-hold
  • Edit Text: return
  • Copy-Paste Object: option + drag
  • Direct Select (Click-Through Group): command + left-click

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General Adobe XD Shortcuts (Windows)

  • Quit App: Alt + F4
  • Minimise App Window: WIN + ↓

Basic Shortcuts (Windows)

  • Undo: Ctrl + Z
  • Redo: Ctrl + Shift + Z
  • Cut: Ctrl + X
  • Copy: Ctrl + C
  • Paste: Ctrl + V
  • Duplicate: Ctrl + D
  • Delete: Backspace
  • Select All: Ctrl + A
  • Deselect All: Ctrl + Shift + A

Workspace Commands (Windows)

  • Zoom In: Ctrl and +
  • Zoom Out: Ctrl and -
  • Zoom to Fit: Ctrl + 0
  • Zoom 100%: Ctrl + 1
  • Zoom 200%: Ctrl + 2
  • Zoom to Selection: Ctrl + 3
  • Pan: Spacebar
  • Show Artboard Grid: Ctrl + ‘
  • Switch Workspace: Ctrl + Tab

Switch Between Tools (Windows)

  • Select: V
  • Rectangle: R
  • Ellipse: E
  • Line: L
  • Pen: P
  • Text: T
  • Artboard: A

Export/Share/Preview (Windows)

  • Export Asset: Ctrl + E
  • Import Asset: Ctrl + Shift + I
  • Share Prototype: Ctrl + Shift + E
  • Preview Prototype: Ctrl + Enter

Rearrange Layer Hierarchy (Windows)

  • Bring Forward: Ctrl + ]
  • Send Backward: Ctrl + [
  • Bring to Front: Ctrl + Shift + ]
  • Send to Back: Ctrl + Shift + [

Object Commands (Windows)

  • Group: Ctrl + G
  • Ungroup: Ctrl + Shift + G
  • Make Symbol: Ctrl + K
  • Make Repeat Grid: Ctrl + R
  • Mask with Shape: Ctrl + Shift + M
  • Lock Object: Ctrl + L
  • Hide Object: not available in Windows

Distribute Layers (Windows)

  • Horizontal: Ctrl + Shift + H
  • Vertical: Ctrl + Shift + V

Change Font Styles (Windows)

  • Bold: command + B
  • Italic: command + I

Align Layers (Windows)

  • Left: Ctrl + Shift + ←
  • Right: Ctrl + Shift + →
  • Top: Ctrl + Shift + ↑
  • Bottom: Ctrl + Shift + ↓
  • Center (horizontally): Ctrl + Shift + C
  • Middle (vertically): Ctrl + Shift + M

Boolean Operation Shortcuts (Windows)

  • Add: Ctrl + Alt + U
  • Subtract: Ctrl + Alt + S
  • Intersect: Ctrl + Alt + I
  • Exclude Overlap: Ctrl + Alt + X
  • Convert to Path: Ctrl + 8

Drawing Keyboard Shortcuts (Windows)

  • Pen Tool: P
  • Convert Straight →← Mirrored Point: Double-Click
  • Asymmetric Control Point: Alt-Hold
  • Snap Control Point Angle: Shift-Hold
  • Snap Anchor Point Angle: Shift-Hold

Miscellaneous Shortcuts (Windows)

  • Draw/Resize From Center: Alt-Hold
  • Constrain (Maintain Aspect Ratio): Shift-Hold
  • Constrain From Center: Shift + Alt
  • Constrain Rotate (15°): Shift-Hold
  • Line Constrain Rotate (45°): Shift-Hold
  • Smart Guides: Alt-Hold
  • Edit Text: Enter
  • Copy-Paste Object: Alt + Drag
  • Direct Select (Click-Through Group): Ctrl + Left-Click

Interested to learn more about Adobe XD? Want a series of simple step-by-step walkthroughs that teach you about iterating, designing, lo-fi/hi-fi prototyping and requesting design feedback? What about real-time testing in real devices? Designing with Symbols? Have you heard about the magnificent Repeat Grids feature?

Adobe XD consolidates the entire design workflow into a single app — even as an avid Sketch fan I’m impressed. Learn more in my new book, Jump Start Adobe XD.

And let me know if you have any questions?

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