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Illustrator Tips #4: 7 Exceptionally Useful Text Shortcuts

Illustrator text shortcuts

Here are 7 text shortcuts I find it very useful in Illustrator. It is very handy when you are dealing with typography. The shortcuts help you make slight adjustments to your text very easily. The good news is that most work in Photoshop and Indesign too. So what’s your favourite text shortcuts?

Basic text shortcuts
Ctrl/Cmd+T: Open up Text palette
(For Illustrator only)

Shortcuts to change text size
Ctrl+Shift+> (Cmd+Shift+>): Increase text by 2 points
Ctrl+Shift+< (Cmd+Shift+<): Decrease text by 2 points
(Works even in Microsoft word, simply lovely)

Shortcuts to change text tracking

Alt/Option+Arrow Right Key: Increase tracking by 20 points
Alt/Option+Arrow Left Key: Decrease tracking by 20 points

Shortcuts to change text leading
Alt/Option+Arrow Down Key: Increase leading by 2 points
Alt/Option+Arrow Up Key: Decrease leading by 2 points

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  1. Gravtar for Bee
    Bee June 23rd

    Oh how I love keyboard shortcuts!

    Another good one is Ctrl+Enter (Cmd+Enter) to exit text-editing mode in Illustrator and Photoshop.

  2. Gravtar for Indre Fishburn
    Indre Fishburn September 30th

    Another way to exit text-editing mode in illustratoor is Esc.

  3. Gravtar for CRIS
    CRIS March 13th

    HOW CAN I CHANGE TEXT(IN SELECTION,OFFCOURSE), IF I WANTED TO SKIP VERY FAST WEN I AM LOOKING FOR A SPECIAL TEXT, AND NOT GOING CRAZY WITH THE MOUSE? PLS, SCUZE MY BAD ENGLISH. HOPE YOUVE UNDERSTOOD WHAT I WHANTED

  4. Gravtar for Fábio
    Fábio May 11th

    too usefull tnks!

  5. Gravtar for jeric
    jeric December 12th

    we can use also the change text tracking shortcut by pressing ctr + shift + ]increase tracking; ctr + shift + [ decrease tracking

  6. Gravtar for Vong khenghong
    Vong khenghong October 23rd

    It doesn’t work with “ALT+Arrow Down (Up) key” in my pc. please help!

  7. Gravtar for lol
    lol March 16th

    how can i create 2′s power i in m.s. word.. anyone suggest me????

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