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.

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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.

JCH Undo + Redo in Canva

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.

Select All

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.

Shortcut: Esc

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).

JCH - shortcut at add & delete page

Shortcut: Ctrl + Enter to add a page, Ctrl + Delete delete a page

Grouping elements

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

Duplicate Objects

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+ [

More shortcuts in Canva are available here and in the Resources Section of this website. I hope you find it useful!

General Canva Keyboard Shortcuts

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