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FunctionWindowsMacProblem
Transform>Scale CornersTransform>Scale CornersRounded corner size changes when object is scaled
Transform>Tick "Scale Strokes & Effects"Transform>Tick "Scale Strokes & Effects"Stroke size didnt change when object is scaled.
Drag the 'top left corner' intersection of the RulerDrag the 'top left corner' intersection of the RulerZero value on my ruler is not at the side of my artboard.
Add more sides on Polygon & Star ToolUp/Down arrow key while using the toolUp/Down arrow key while using the tool
Add or change the value of bleed to your document.File > Document SetupModify or add bleed to your document.
Adjust the amount of distance/pixel you move with your keyboard.Preferences>Keyboard IncrementPreferences>Keyboard Increment
Align to artboardAlign>Align to:Align > Align to:Can't align object to artboard
Align with Key Object instead of Centre PointAlign>More Options > Align to Key ObjectAlign>More Options > Align to Key ObjectCan't align/distribute multiple objects with same distance due to different sizes
Blend Tool (Make Blend)Ctrl+Alt+BCmd+Opt+B
Bring up alternate Colour UIThe default UI is called Swatches
Change between Artboard or Global RulerRight click on ruler > Change to Artboard/Global RulersRight click on ruler > Change to Artboard/Global RulersRuler measurement starts with 0 only for Artboard 1
Change Colour ModeFile > Document Colour Mode
Change colour of multiple objects of the same colour. (For example: All blue to green)Select>Same>Fill & Stroke

Alternative: Magic Wand Tool
Select>Same>Fill & Stroke

Alternative: Magic Wand Tool
Change grid sizePreferences > Guides & GridPreferences > Guides & Grid
Change measurement unit of rulerRight click on Ruler.Right click on Ruler.
Change number of sides or points of Polygon or Star ToolPress Up/Down Key while holding down left mouse button when creating the shape.
Change outer canvas colour (Overprint Preview)Ctrl+Alt+Shift+WhiteCmd+Opt+Shift+YOuter canvas turn white
Change rotation pivot pointRotate Tool (R)Rotate Tool (R)
Change ruler measurement (Pixel, cm, mm & etc.)Right click on rulerRight click on ruler
Combine/subtract multiple shapes. (Alternative to Pathfinder Tool)Shape Builder Tool (Shift+M)Shape Builder Tool (Shift+M)
Configuring Eyedropper ToolDouble click Eyedropper Tool to bring up advance menu. Set what you want the tool to Pick.Double click Eyedropper Tool to bring up advance menu. Set what you want the tool to Pick.Eyedropper Tool picking up stroke and outlines.
Convert a stroke object to become a fill objectObject>ExpandObject>Expand
Create rounded corner square/rectangleUp/Down arrow key while using Rounded Rectangle ToolUp/Down arrow key while using Rounded Rectangle Tool
Create/Save viewView>Create ViewView>Create View
Easily move all selected objects to a new layer without having to expand the layer.Select objects > Left Click drag the square colour icon on the right side of the layer to another new layer.
Embed or Link image into the document.Windows Menu > Link > Embed Image(s)Windows Menu > Link > Embed Image(s)
Export Swatch FileSwatches>More Options>Save Swatch Library as ASECan be used in Photoshop & InDesign
Extract and seperate the Appearance Effects to layer.Object>Expand AppearanceObject>Expand Appearance
Free Transform Tool MenuSelect an object > Press ESelect an object > Press E
Hide/Show Bounding BoxShift+Ctrl+BShift+Cmd+BCan't resize object when left click drag. Object only move around.
Hide/Show Corner WidgetView>Hide/Show Corner WidgetView>Hide/Show Corner WidgetThe dot on selection path corner is missing.
Hide/Show Perspective Grid ToolCtrl+Shift+ICmd+Shift+ICan't turn off a Blue, orange, green perspective grid lines on screen
Hide/Show selection bounding boxCtrl+Shift+BCmd+Shift+B
Increase/Decrease selection tolerancePreferences>Selection & Anchor DisplayPreferences>Selection & Anchor Display
Increase/Decrease Stroke Size by 10 pt incrementShift+Up/Down Arrow Key -- While editing Stroke valueShift+Up/Down Arrow Key -- While editing Stroke value
Joint/Merge specific anchor points from separate pathsCtrl+JCmd+J
Lock selectionCtrl+2Cmd+2
Make changes to grouped objectsDouble click object to enter Isolation ModeDouble click object to enter Isolation Mode
Make Clipping MaskCtrl+7Cmd+7Make sure mask layer is above.
Make Clipping Mask using multiple objects.Select the multiple objects you want to use as Clipping Mask > Object > Compound Path > Make

Now you'll be able to make clipping mask.
Can't make clipping mask with multiple objects.
Minimize panelDouble click panelDouble click panel
Paste in BackCtrl+BCmd+B
Paste in PlaceShift+Ctrl+VOpt+Cmd+V
Paste on All ArtboardsAlt+Shift+Ctrl+VOpt+Shirt+Cmd+V
Paste on the same positionPaste in Front (Ctrl+F)Paste in Front (Cmd+F)Can't paste object on the exact same location.
Pixel previewCtrl+Alt+YCmd+Opt+Y
PreferencesCtrl+KCmd+K
Resize towards center point and keep proportionsAlt+Shift DragOpt+Shift DragAlt/Opt - Scale towards center point

Shift - Keep Proportions
Rotate artboardCtrl+Shift+OCmd+Shift+O
Save selectionSelect>Save SelectionSelect>Save Selection
Scissors ToolCC
Select an object behindCtrl+ClickCmd+Click
Select everythingCtrl+ACmd+A
Select everything in layerAlt+Click LayerOpt+Click Layer
Select everything not selectedSelect>Inverse Select>Inverse
Show all artboardCtrl+Alt+0Cmd+Opt+0
Show Artboard NameShift+O
Show selected artboardCtrl+0Cmd+0
Show/Hide Gradient AnnotatorAlt+Ctrl+GCmd+Opt+GIf you still can't see it, make sure you are not selecting the group layer. Select the layer itself by clicking the Right Circle Icon.
Show/Hide GridCtrl+"Cmd+"
Snap to GridShift+Ctrl+"Shift+Cmd+"
Snap to PixelView Menu > Snap to PixelView Menu > Snap to PixelPen Tool is not smooth, snapping on pixel blocks.
Swap Fill-OutlineShift+XShift+X
Switch between GPU/CPU previewCtrl+ECmd+E
Text WrapObject > Text Wrap > MakePlace or fit an object on text.
Tile multiple documentWindow>Arrange>TileWindow>Arrange>Tile
Toggle outline viewCtrl+YCmd+Y
Turn object into GuideCtrl+5 (View>Guides>Make Guides)Cmd+5 (View>Guides>Make Guides)
Unlock AllAlt+Ctrl+2Opt+Cmd+2
Width ToolWW

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Rotate Tool

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Appearance Panel

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Pathfinder

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