Common Adobe CS5 Keyboard Shortcuts - dummies

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

If the menu option has a key combination listed next to it, you can press that combination to access the command rather than use the menu to select it. The figure shows shortcuts associated with a menu item.


For example, if you open the File menu, next to the Save option is Ctrl+S (Windows) or Cmd+S (Mac). Rather than choose File→Save, you can press the shortcut keys to save your file. It’s a quick way to execute a particular command.

Some commonly used shortcuts in the Adobe Creative Suite 5 Design Premium programs are listed.

Common Keyboard Shortcuts
Command Windows Shortcut Mac Shortcut
New Ctrl+N Cmd+N
Open Ctrl+O Cmd+O
Save Ctrl+S Cmd+S
Undo Ctrl+Z Cmd+Z
Redo Shift+Ctrl+Z Shift+Cmd+Z
Copy Ctrl+C Cmd+C
Paste Ctrl+V Cmd+V
Print Ctrl+P Cmd+P
Preferences (General) Ctrl+K Cmd+K
Help F1 or sometimes Ctrl+? F1 or sometimes Cmd+?

Many additional shortcuts are available in each of the CS5 programs, and not all are listed on menus. You can find these shortcuts throughout the documentation provided with each program. Memorizing the shortcuts can take some time, but the time you save in the long run is worth it.