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50 Canva Keyboard Shortcuts

Inside: Super useful Canva keyboard shortcuts that will make designing so much easier! Keep reading for a list of the top Canva shortcuts that'll save you a lot of time!

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As someone who has been using Canva since 2014, I have a lot of Canva tips up my sleeve. A lot of them revolving around keyboard shortcuts that just make everything faster. Think of them as your design sidekick. With a few taps, you're changing text boxes, flipping through Canva templates, and making those social media graphics pop. 

By the end, you'll be using these Canva hacks and shortcuts without even thinking – like they're second nature. And hey, it's all about working smarter, not harder, am I right? 

Oh, and I've put together a cheat sheet for easy reference– it's gold for any online business owner or content creator. Just a quick peek and you're on your way, adding new elements, resizing fonts, all without breaking a sweat.

There's a lot of keyboard shortcuts below. So, let's dive into the shortcuts, shall we?

Basic Canva Keyboard Shortcuts

These common shortcuts cover essential functions for creating and modifying elements. With a little practice; you'll be easily making projects in way less time. 

  • Quickly copies the selected elements for duplication: Ctrl/Cmd + C: Copy

  • Allows you to paste copied elements into your design: Ctrl/Cmd + V: Paste

  • Cuts the selected elements so you can place them elsewhere: Ctrl/Cmd + X: Cut

  • Reverses your last action, in case you changed your mind: Ctrl/Cmd + Z: Undo

  • Redoes an action you've just undone: Ctrl/Cmd + Y: Redo

  • Grabs everything on your page in one swoop: Ctrl/Cmd + A: Select all

  • If you've got too much selected, this is your 'nevermind' button: Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + A: Deselect all

  • Bold text: Ctrl/Cmd + B: Bold

  • Italicize text: Ctrl/Cmd + I: Italic

  • Underline text: Ctrl/Cmd + U: Underline

  • Gets your design out of the screen and onto paper: Ctrl/Cmd + P: Print design

  • Keeps your progress tucked away safely: Ctrl/Cmd + S: Save design

Intermediate Canva Keyboard Shortcuts

These shortcuts offer more precise control over the organization and arrangement of your Canva design elements during the graphic design process. Learn shortcut keys for things like how to move layers, 

  • Group elements together to move or modify them as one unit: Group - Ctrl/Cmd + G

  • Ungroup previously grouped elements: Ungroup - Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + G

  • Sends the selected element(s) backward by one layer: Move backward - Ctrl/Cmd + [

  • Brings the selected element(s) forward by one layer: Move forward - Ctrl/Cmd + ]

  • Sends the selected element(s) to the very back: Move to back - Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + [

  • Brings the selected element(s) to the front: Move to front - Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + ]

  • Nudges the selected element(s) in the direction of the arrow key: Nudge elements - Ctrl/Cmd + Arrow keys

  • Creates a copy of the selected element(s): Duplicate - Ctrl/Cmd + D

  • Changes all selected text to uppercase: Change text to uppercase - Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + K

  • Changes all selected text to lowercase: Change text to lowercase - Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + L

  • Resizes the selected element(s) while maintaining the aspect ratio: Resize proportionally - Shift + drag

  • Creates a copy of the selected element(s) and moves it: Duplicate while dragging - Alt/Option + drag

  • Adds a new page after the currently selected page: Add page after - Ctrl/Cmd + Enter

  • Adds a new page before the currently selected page: Add page before - Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + Enter

  • Moves the current page up one position in the design: Move page up - Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + Up Arrow

  • Moves the current page down one position in the design: Move page down - Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + Down Arrow

  • Select elements behind the currently selected element: Select element behind - Alt/Option + Click

  • Inserts a new blank page at the end of your design: Insert a new blank page - Ctrl/Cmd + M

Advanced Canva Keyboard Shortcuts

The following Canva keyboard shortcuts are more advanced functions and fine-tuning for a polished Canva project:

  • Toggles the rulers on and off: Show rulers - Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + M

  • Zooms in on the canvas: Zoom in - Ctrl/Cmd + +

  • Zooms out from the canvas: Zoom out - Ctrl/Cmd + -

  • Fits the design to the screen size: Fit to screen - Ctrl/Cmd + 0

  • Downloads your design: Download design - Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + E

  • Toggles the guides on and off: Show/Hide guides - Ctrl/Cmd + H

  • Left align: Ctrl/Cmd + L: Left align text

  • Center align: Ctrl/Cmd + E: Center align text

  • Right aligh: Ctrl/Cmd + R: Right align text

  • Copy style: Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + C: Copy style

  • Paste style  Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + V: Paste style

  • Displays a list of all Canva shortcuts: Show shortcuts - Ctrl/Cmd + /

  • Curves the selected text: Curve text - Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + O

  • Saves a copy of your current design: Save a copy - Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + S

  • Combines all selected layers into one: Merge all selected layers - Ctrl/Cmd + Alt/Option + M

  • Opens the share options for your design: Share design - Ctrl/Cmd + Alt/Option + S

  • Selects all elements on the current page: Select all on page - Ctrl/Cmd + Alt/Option + A

  • Centers the selected element(s) on the page: Center selection - Ctrl/Cmd + Alt/Option + C

  • Publishes your design according to your chosen settings: Publish design - Ctrl/Cmd + Alt/Option + P

  • Adds a comment to your design, useful for collaborative work: Add a comment - Ctrl/Cmd + Alt/Option + D

Canva Shortcuts Cheat Sheet - The Mom Boss Collective

Final Thoughts

So there you have it! Canva shortcuts to help you increate productivity and save you so much time! Don't forget to Pin or Save the Cheat Sheet above! It will help you along the way as you familiarize yourself with the shortcuts. 

Remember, though, the key to becoming proficient in Canva isn't about memorizing every shortcut but instead familiarizing yourself with the ones that best suit your design needs and style. Start with the basics, gradually incorporating more shortcuts as you become comfortable.

Before you know it, you'll be navigating and designing on Canva as effortlessly as a professional designer.

The more you practice and use these shortcuts, the more intuitive they will become. Keep designing, exploring, and most importantly, having fun on your Canva journey. 

If you found this post useful, please let me know in the comments what shortcuts you will be using!



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