Adobe XD Shortcuts

On pretty much any kind of software, your day to day productivity is directly proportional to the number of shortcuts you know.

Same goes for Adobe XD: you need to learn a few shortcuts to be able to enjoy the real speed of working with this tool. Take the time to learn them, we promise that your workflow will greatly benefit from it in the long run!

In this page, we listed pretty much every available shortcut for Adobe XD, and we grouped them by usefulness.

Must know XD shortcuts

This set of shortcuts are at the foundation of Adobe XD. You must learn these shortcuts to be able to design and prototype at a fast enough pace!

ActionMacOSWindows
Select toolVV
Rectangle toolRR
Ellipse toolEE
Line toolLL
Pen toolPP
Text toolTT
Artboard toolAA
Zoom toolZZ
GroupCMD + GCTRL + G
UngroupCMD + SHIFT + GCTRL + SHIFT + G
DuplicateCMD + DCTRL + D
Duplicate (by dragging)ALT + Click & DragALT + Click & Drag
Edit textENTER (on selected text)ENTER (on selected text)
Direct layer selectionCMD + ClickCTRL + Click
MaskingCMD + SHIFT + MCTRL + SHIFT + M
Lock / UnlockCMD + LCTRL + L
HideCMD + ;CTRL + ;
Make SymbolCMD + KCTRL + K
Make Repeat GridCMD + RCTRL + R
ExportCMD + ECTRL + E
Zoom to fitCMD + 0CTRL + 0
Zoom to 100%CMD + 1CTRL + 1
Zoom to 200%CMD + 2CTRL + 2
Zoom to selectionCMD + 3CTRL + 3
Paste appearance (Design mode)CMD + ALT + VCTRL + ALT + V
Paste interaction (Prototype mode)CMD + ALT + VCTRL + ALT + V
Play previewCMD + ENTERCTRL + ENTER
Design/Prototype SwitchCTRL + TABCTRL + TAB
Show measurementsALT (with selected layer)ALT (with selected layer)

 

Nice to know XD shortcuts

These shortcuts are of secondary importance, meaning that these actions are not as frequent in a UI/UX designer’s workflow and you can still perform them from the XD visual interface, but it definitely won’t hurt to learn some of these.

ActionMacOSWindows
Increase text sizeCMD + SHIFT + >CTRL + SHIFT + >
Decrease text sizeCMD + SHIFT + <CTRL + SHIFT + <
Show layout gridCMD + SHIFT + 'CTRL + SHIFT + '
Show square gridCMD + 'CTRL + '
Show assets panelCMD + SHIFT + YCTRL + SHIFT + Y
Show layers panelCMD + YCTRL + Y
Convert to pathCMD + 8CTRL + 8
Move layer to frontCMD + SHIFT + ]CTRL + SHIFT + ]
Move layer forwardCMD + ]CTRL + ]
Move layer backwardCMD + [CTRL + [
Move layer to backCMD + SHIFT + [CTRL + SHIFT + [
Align leftCMD + CTRL + ←CTRL + SHIFT + ←
Align center (H)CMD + CTRL + CSHIFT + M
Align rightCMD + CTRL + →CTRL + SHIFT + →
Align topCMD + CTRL + ↑CTRL + SHIFT + ↑
Align middle (V)CMD + CTRL + MSHIFT + C
Align bottomCMD + CTRL + ↓CTRL + SHIFT + ↓
Distribute horizontalCMD + CTRL + HCTRL + SHIFT + H
Distribute verticalCMD + CTRL + VCTRL + SHIFT + V
AddCMD + ALT + UCTRL + ALT + U
SubtractCMD + ALT + SCTRL + ALT + S
IntersectCMD + ALT + ICTRL + ALT + I
Exclude overlapCMD + ALT + XCTRL + ALT + X
Export batchCMD + SHIFT + ECTRL + SHIFT + E

Obvious XD shortcuts

These are very common shortcuts that the majority of other softwares have, so we are pretty sure you might already know them. If not, learn them, they are very handy!

ActionMacOSWindows
NewCMD + NCTRL + N
OpenCMD + OCTRL + O
CloseCMD + WCTRL + W
SaveCMD + SCTRL + S
Save asCMD + SHIFT + SCTRL + SHIFT + S
UndoCMD + ZCTRL + Z
RedoCMD + SHIFT + ZCTRL + SHIFT + Z
CutCMD + XCTRL + X
CopyCMD + CCTRL + C
PasteCMD + VCTRL + V
DeleteDELETEDELETE
Select allCMD + ACTRL + A
Deselect allCMD + SHIFT + ACTRL + SHIFT + A
Bold textCMD + BCTRL + B
Italic textCMD + ICTRL + I
Underline textCMD + UCTRL + U