This blog post covers using general keyboard shortcuts in Canva. For information about keyboard shortcuts when working with text in Canva, click here. Canva is a brilliant easy-to-use graphic design tool, that allows people to create stunning graphics for social media channels, print media, blogs and websites. To sign up for a free account, click here.
General Canva Shortcuts
Saving Your Work
Although Canva saves your work automatically, if you want to force it to save just press Ctrl + S.
Shortcut: Ctrl + S
Undo & Redo
Where would we be without them??? In Canva use Ctrl + Z to undo and Ctrl + Y to redo.
Shortcut: Ctrl + Z and Ctrl + Y
Get more room on your screen
Use Ctrl + / to toggle the object panel in and out.
Shortcut: Ctrl + /
There are several useful shortcuts to zoom in and out of your design. Use Ctrl + [plus sign] to zoom in, and Ctrl + – [minus sign] to zoom out. To zoom to the actual size of your design, use Ctrl + 0 [Zero]. If you want to zoom to fit use Ctrl + Alt + 0 [zero] and finally Ctrl + Shift + 0 [zero] zooms to fill.
Shortcut: Ctrl + [plus sign] to zoom in and Ctrl + – [minus sign] to zoom out
Shortcut: Ctrl + 0 [Zero] to zoom to actual size, Ctrl + Alt + 0 [zero] to zoom to fit and Ctrl + Shift + 0 [zero] to zoom to fill
There are a few different shortcuts to select to select objects.
Ctrl + A selects all.
Shortcut: Ctrl + A
Selecting several objects
To select several objects, hold down your Shift key and click on them individually.
Shortcut: Shift + click with mouse
Select next / previous
Use the Tab key on your keyboard to select the next object, and Ctrl + Tab selects the previous object.
Shortcut: Tab and Ctrl + Tab
Select an element that is behind another one
To select an element that is behind another one, hold down your control key click with mouse on the object.
Shortcut: Ctrl + click with mouse
Use the Esc key to deselect.
Adding and deleting pages
Use Ctrl + Enter to add a page, and Ctrl + Delete/Backspace will get rid of one (as long as it is blank).
Shortcut: Ctrl + Enter to add a page, Ctrl + Delete delete a page
Grouping allows you to work on several elements at the same time – for example, grouping allows you to rotate, move, or resize all shapes or objects at the same time as though they were a single shape or object. You can ungroup a group of shapes at any time and then regroup them again later. Creating groups when you work means that you don’t need to re-select the same set of objects each time you want to edit them. Select the objects, then use Ctrl + G to group them, and Ctrl + Shift + G to ungroup them.
Shortcut: Ctrl + G and Shift + Ctrl + G
Use the shortcut Ctrl + D to duplicate a selected object (image, text box or shape). Alternatively, you can also hold down the Alt key and click with the mouse.
Shortcut: Ctrl + D
Moving elements forwards or backwards
As you work in Canva, you may want to change the order in which objects appear – i.e. you may want to move certain objects backwards or forwards.
Shortcuts: Move element forwards Ctrl + ] or move element to front Ctrl + Alt+ ]
Move element backwards Ctrl + ] or move element to back Ctrl+ Alt+ [