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Chapter 16. Customizing Illustrator > Keyboard Shortcuts: New Illustrator Effic...

Keyboard Shortcuts: New Illustrator Efficiency

With the introduction of graphical user interfaces (GUIs) almost two decades ago, we started to say good-bye to keyboards for anything other than text entry. Mouse clicks replaced text-based coding and commands. Since then, such issues as repetitive motion injuries, monitor size, and just plain speed have taken us away from the mouse. Sending a cursor from the lower-right corner of a 21-inch monitor to the upper-left corner just to save a document is far more time consuming and much more inconvenient than pressing Cmd+S (Ctrl+S).

New with Illustrator 9 is the capability to assign custom keyboard shortcuts to the majority of the menu commands and all the tools. Sets of shortcuts can be saved, which is extremely convenient for multiple-user environments. The utility of multiple sets of shortcuts for an individual is substantially less. (Memorizing one set of shortcuts is usually sufficient and slow.) Figure 16.1 shows the Keyboard Shortcuts dialog box. You can open it with the menu command Edit, Keyboard Shortcuts, or with its own keyboard shortcut, Cmd+Option+Shift+K [Ctrl+Alt+Shift+K].


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