Keyboard Shortcuts

In order to work more efficiently with the Workflow, we should try to minimize the amount of mouse clicks needed to complete tasks.

For this reason, we need to utilize keyboard shortcuts for the most important functions of the Workflow. We'll cover the following topics in this chapter:

1. Google Chrome Shortcuts

Users of the Workflow should also be familiar with the Google Chrome Shortcuts:

Function Windows macOS
Open location / Select Address
CTRL-L CMD-L
Open a new Browser Window CTRL-N CMD-N
Close browser window CTRL-W CMD-W
Open a new tab CTRL-T / CTRL-<click_on_link> CMD-T / CMD-<click_on_link>
Select next tab CTRL-Tab CMD-ALT-<cursor_right>
Select previous tab CTRL-SHIFT-Tab
CMD-ALT-<cursor_left>
Reload Page  CTRL-R CMD-R
Bookmark Site CTRL-D CMD-D
Zoom in CTRL- „+" CMD-„+"
Zoom out CTRL- „-" CMD- „-"
Backwards ALT + right arrow key CMD -„["
Forwards ALT + left arrow key
CMD -„]"

2. Workflow Shortcuts

You can display a list of the most important keyboard shortcuts for the Workflow at any time by entering a [?], i.e. [SHIFT-?]. You can close the shortcut display by pressing the [Esc] key.

2.1. General Shortcuts

Function Windows macOS
Show/Hide help menu SHIFT-?
?  (SHIFT-ß)
Show/Hide Order List Windows Key-O
CMD-O
Production Job List Windows Key-J CMD-J
Show/Hide Force Print Windows Key-I CMD-I
Show/Hide Hotfolders Windows Key-H CMD-H
Toggle Standard/Miniature Menu Windows Key-S CMD-S
Send to Printer ALT-P ALT-P

2.2. Impose Editor Shortcuts

Function Windows macOS
Select
Copy selection to Clipboard
CTRL-C
CMD-C
Cut Selection
CTRL-X
CMD-X
Paste Selection
CTRL-V
CMD-V
Select All
CTRL-A
CMD-A
Deselect All CTRL-U
CMD-U
Zoom
Fit to Height
CTRL-2
H
Fit to Width
CTRL-1
W
Reset Zoom
CTRL-0
CMD-0
Zoom In CTRL-„+"
CMD-+ (Also works by using the mouse scroll wheel)
Zoom Out CTRL-„-"
CMD- –
General
Delete
Backspace
Backspace
Redo
CTRL-SHIFT-Z
CMD-SHIFT-Z
Show/Hide Ruler
CTRL-SHIFT-R
CMD-SHIFT-R
Undo
CTRL-Z
CMD-Z
Additional Options
Cancel Measurement (Measure Tool) Escape Escape
Decrease Grid Columns
Arrow Left or A
Decrease Grid Rows
Arrow Down or S
Increase Grid Columns
Arrow Right or D
Increase Grid Rows
Arrow Up or W
Show/Hide File Manager F F

3. Adobe Illustrator Shortcuts

Files can be opened, edited and transferred between the Workflow and Adobe Illustrator CC seamlessly. Users should be able to achieve results quickly, especially when working with variable data elements. Below is a list to help you getting started:

Function
Windows
macOS
Create new document
CTRL-N
CMD-N
Open document
CTRL-O
CMD-O
Checkin document


Illustrator Settings
CTRL-K
CMD-K
Outline Preview
CTRL-Y
CMD-Y
Overprint Preview
CTRL-ALT-SHIFT-Y
CMD-ALT-SHIFT-Y
Fit Artboard in window
CTRL-0
CMD-0
Navigation: Drag Artboard
SPACEBAR-<mouse_click_and_drag>
SPACEBAR-<mouse_click_and_drag>
Zoom in
CTRL-SPACEBAR-<mouse_click |mouse_click_and_drag>
CMD-SPACEBAR-<mouse_click|mouse_click_and_drag>
Zoom out
CTRL-ALT-SPACEBAR-<mouse_click>
CMD-ALT-SPACEBAR-<mouse_click>
Please note:
  • All Standard shortcuts such as Copy & Paste or Undo/Redo are also available in Illustrator.
  • Tools can be activated in Illustrator via keyboard shortcuts. Simply move the mouse over a tool and after a short time the shortcut will appear (e.g. "P" for "Pen" for the Path tool).
  • Tip: Under the menu Edit -> Keyboard Commands... you can change the German shortcuts for zooming in and out to the usual commands CTRL/CMD-"+" and CTRL/CMD-"-".
  • Tip: The most important Illustrator windows are probably Layers and Appearance. Get used to working with these two palettes!