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30+ Canva Keyboard Shortcuts to Improve Your Graphic Design Process

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.

Image of Mac command key and Windows Control key

In this post, you’ll learn about the following Canva keyboard shortcuts:

  1. Basic shortcuts
  2. Single key shortcuts
  3. Text formatting shortcuts
  4. Elements shortcuts
  5. Other useful shortcuts

Canva Keyboard Shortcuts PDF Download

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.

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Basic Shortcuts

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.

  1. Bold text: command / ctrl + B
  2. Italicize text: command / ctrl + I
  3. Underline text: command / ctrl + U
  4. Duplicate elements: command / ctrl + D
  5. Quick copy: option / alt + drag
  6. Copy elements: command / ctrl + C
  7. Paste elements: command / ctrl + V
  8. Resize proportionally: shift + drag corners
  9. Select all elements: command / ctrl + A
  10. Select element behind: command / ctrl + click overlapping elements
  11. Select multiple objects: shift + click objects
  12. Undo action: command / ctrl + Z
  13. Redo action: command / ctrl + shift + Z
  14. Zoom in: command / ctrl + plus
  15. Zoom out: command / ctrl + hypen

Save the basic Canva keyboard shortcuts for reference:

Basic Canva keyboard shortcuts for Graphic Designers
Basic Keyboard Shortcuts

Single Key Shortcuts

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.

  1. Add a line: L
  2. Add a rectangle: R
  3. Add a circle: C
  4. Add a text box: T
  5. Next comment: N
  6. Deselect an element: esc
  7. Delete selected element: delete
  8. Open Magic commands: /
  9. Select next: tab

Save the single key Canva keyboard shortcuts for reference:

Single key Canva keyboard shortcuts for Graphic Designers
Single Key Keyboard Shortcuts

Text Formatting Shortcuts

There are certain Canva shortcuts that exist to help make formatting text easier. You can find them listed below.

  1. Bold text: command / ctrl + B
  2. Italicize text: command / ctrl + I
  3. Underline text: command / ctrl + U
  4. Add a border to text: option / alt + shift + B
  5. Transform text to uppercase: command / ctrl + shift + K
  6. Open font menu: command / ctrl + shift + F
  7. Anchor text to top: command / ctrl + shift + H
  8. Anchor text to middle: command / ctrl + shift + M
  9. Anchor text to bottom: command / ctrl + shift + B
  10. Copy text style: command / ctrl + alt / option + C
  11. Paste text style: command / ctrl + alt / option + V
  12. Center align text: command / ctrl + shift + C
  13. Left align text: command / ctrl + shift + L
  14. Right align text: command / ctrl + shift + R
  15. Increase font size: command / ctrl + shift + >
  16. Decrease font size: command / ctrl + shift + <

Save the text formatting Canva keyboard shortcuts for reference:

Text formatting Canva keyboard shortcuts for Graphic Designers
Text Formatting Keyboard Shortcuts

Elements Shortcuts

After you’ve gotten familiar with the text formatting Canva hotkeys, you’ll also want to learn how to quickly work with elements.

  1. Deselect an element: esc
  2. Delete selected element: delete
  3. Move element 1 pixel: arrow keys
  4. Move element 10 pixels: shift + arrow keys
  5. Move element up or down: command / ctrl + brackets / up and down arrow keys
  6. Send elements to front: command / ctrl + alt / option + ]
  7. Send elements to back: command / ctrl + alt / option + [
  8. Group elements: command / ctrl + G
  9. Ungroup elements: command / ctrl + shift + G

Save the element Canva keyboard shortcuts for reference:

Element Canva keyboard shortcuts for Graphic Designers
Element Keyboard Shortcuts

Other Useful Shortcuts

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.

  1. Toggle side panel: command / ctrl + /
  2. Present full screen: command / ctrl + alt / option + P
  3. Exit full screen mode: esc
  4. Show rulers and guides: shift + R
  5. Find and replace text: command / ctrl + F
  6. Add a new page: command / ctrl + enter
  7. Delete an empty page: command / ctrl + backspace
  8. Add or remove selected elements: shift + click surrounding elements
  9. Zoom to 100%: command / ctrl + 0
  10. Zoom to fit: command / ctrl + alt / option + 0
  11. Add link: command / ctrl + K
  12. Add a comment: command / ctrl + alt / option + M

Save the other useful Canva keyboard shortcuts for reference:

Other useful Canva keyboard shortcuts for Graphic Designers
Other Useful Keyboard Shortcuts


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!

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