June 30, 2022
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Canva is my all-time favorite online graphic design tool. Not only can you get started for FREE, you can literally design anything – logos, social media content, presentations, posters, and more. There are thousands of templates to browse, or if you know exactly what you want to create you can start from a blank canvas to create your design. The learning curve is not steep, especially in comparison to other design tools like Photoshop. And, by using Canva Keyboard shortcuts, it’s even easier to create your designs without having to click through various on-screen menus.
Making the decision to design with Canva will save you tons of time. If you’re an online business owner, you know that time is money. Honestly, time is valuable to everyone – no matter if you’re a fellow creative designing your social media graphics, a teacher creating printable worksheets for your students, or a volunteer making posters for your cause. Everyone can benefit from filling their toolkit with resources like Canva hacks and element keyword lists.
I personally love to use Canva to create templates for Pinterest and Instagram, as well as to create designs for eBooks, workbooks, and planners. I also love to be productive and save time, so to streamline my workflow I use some of Canva’s built-in keyboard shortcuts. These simple keyboard commands, which are sometimes called Canva hotkeys or Canva shortcuts, are game-changers if you want to create a time-saving flow that will improve your graphic design process.
Quick note: If you have a Windows laptop or computer, the primary keyboard key you’ll be using is ctrl (control). If you’re on a Mac, you’ll be using the Command key – it’s the key with the ‘looped square’ on it.
If you’d prefer to download a copy of all the Canva shortcuts I share in this write-up, you can! Click the image below to get access to the 5-page cheatsheet.
First, the basics! The Canva keyboard shortcuts below are likely to become your go-to’s and you’ll wonder how you ever designed without them.
The next keyboard shortcuts are extremely easy to remember – you only have to press a single key on your keyboard. You may even be using some of these now without realizing they are an actual shortcut.
There are certain Canva shortcuts that exist to help make formatting text easier. You can find them listed below.
After you’ve gotten familiar with the text formatting Canva hotkeys, you’ll also want to learn how to quickly work with elements.
Finally, there are a handful of shortcuts that help you with general navigation and basic functions within Canva. You can read through these Canva keyboard hacks below.
As you can see, Canva has a lot of keyboard shortcuts available. You don’t have to use them all, but I’m sure you can find a few that could make your design process easier. I know they’ve saved me time!
Let me know if you have a favorite that I missed, I’d love to learn about it and add it to the list!
P.S. – Want to elevate your designs with the best free script fonts that Canva has to offer? You can read about them on the blog, as well as score a free Font Template Cheat Sheet!