Keyboard shortcuts for Align/Distribute commands and 'Align to' modes
I miss having keyboard shortcuts for align/distribute from my CorelDraw days. I'm a pro designer in a fast turnaround environment, and keyboard shortcuts are essential to my workflow.
As far as I know, the numeric keypad isn't being used in Illustrator. My proposal is: Pressing 0 toggles between absolute to the artboard or relative to last item selected. Pressing 2, 4, 5, 6, 8 will perform the align .2 = bottom, 4 = left, 5 = centre, 6 = right, 8 = top. Additionally 7 = distribute horizontal, 9 = distribute vertical.
Also, please copy the CorelDraw keyboard shortcut Tab = select next object/group, Shift Tab select previous object/group
I agree. I have used Corel Draw for years (due to employer) and now I'm back to CC 2018. The main thing I miss from the Corel to Illustrator conversion is the align keyboard shortcuts. Simply centering and alignment of items seems like common sense. PLEASE do it.
+vote. Yes although it's possible to bind align/distribute to F keys with an Action - the 'Align to Artboard' / 'Align to Selection/Key Object' Should be toggle-able with keys as well.
Also please include the option, control & function keys to create keyboard shortcuts, much like InDesign does. This would make keyboard shortcuts a lot more user friendly and diverse, especially for experienced and long time users.
I'm a long time user of Adobe products. Why the heck isn't there align shortcut keys??? Adobe - c'mon! Get your act together please!!!
I agree!! Align shortcuts would save SO much time.
Jeff D commented
smdh. Please add native support for these basic actions.
Jeffrey Guy commented
It is such a WASTE of TIME using the align menu with the mouse. It would be SO Much faster to use SINGLE KEY short cuts to align objects. IE 'W' to align to Top, "X' to align to Bottom, 'A' To align Left, 'D' to align Right ETC.
We have to make illustrator leaner, meaner and FASTER!
Allow hotkeys for the align tools.
Ahmed Montaser commented
This is very important as how many alignment operations are done on a single project this would save time!!
Robert Powers commented
Was using illustrator earlier and just thought of this same idea. It would save so much time and would be such and easy addition.
Shift click = Align to Selection
Alt click = Align to Artboard
While this is necessary, you can still use Actions to record alignment/distribution (I do). These are limited to F-keys, but you can always redefine them in Autohotkey (Windows) and Hammerspoon (Mac).
As for the Tab — this button is taken (and I would be very mad if it would be taken from me).
'Next object above/below' is there, Alt+Ctrl+square brackets, is it what you want? (it kinda broken in Isolation mode though)
While it's not done, record some Actions for aligning and use F-keys to access them.
This is a way I use now.
I would really like to be able to assign keyboard shortcuts to the alignment functions. I can currently do it in Experience Design, and it is really helpful to improve the workflow
In Fireworks, you could use the 6 more common alignments with keyboard shortcuts by default. Hold an option key and press 1,2,3 for the first grouping of alignments, and 4,5,6 for the second grouping of common alignments. Alignment is akin to moving things around with the mouse and saves a huge amount of time in illustrator.
Good to note that many UI designers used this in Fireworks and lost it in nearly every other option (Ske_tch.app does not even have this)
I realize that we can create these shortcuts with the Actions panel, but this would have to be set up on every PC that I use AI with, and these shortcuts do NOT allow 1 option key, they actually require 2 option keys to be held. In addition, the Actions workflows are kind of annoying for setting a series of shortcuts like this.
This was a killer feature in old Fireworks, you could align things at light speed because the default Alignment was set to "Align to Artboard" — and not "Align to selection" so you could create a rect and move it to every corner of the artboard instantly.
Rajesh Mehta commented
In packaging if we put Length, width & height can we can box auto draw, it is very easy in packaging design, it saves time also.
Please add a keyboard shortcut to toggle between Align to Selection or Align to Artboard. I switch between those two ALL the TIME and I just wish there was an easier way.
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