Essential Shortcuts for Krita on Windows + Cheat Sheet

Casey Roche
Last updated January 31, 2023

Shortcuts help speed up your workflow by offering a quicker method of achieving what you want. There are several Krita shortcuts for Windows to add to your workflow. You can activate specific tools or menu actions by clicking a few buttons on your keyboard, whether a combination of keys or individual keys.

Here are the essential shortcuts for using Krita on a Windows device. I have also created a downloadable cheat sheet if you want to save the shortcuts on your device or print it out to keep it next to your computer while you work to learn the shortcuts.

I also detail the process of changing shortcut keys if the default shortcuts aren't working for you. You can access the menu to find the entire list of shortcuts. You can also fully customize the Krita shortcuts by changing existing shortcuts or adding new shortcuts to ones that suit you and your workflow.

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General Shortcuts

Shortcut Action
Ctrl + N New
Ctrl + O Open
Ctrl + S Save
Ctrl + Shift + S Save As
Ctrl + Alt + S Save Incremental
F4 Save Incremental Backup
Ctrl + W Close
Ctrl + Shift + W Close All
Ctrl + Q Quit
Ctrl + Z Undo
Ctrl + Shift + Z Redo
Ctrl + X Cut
Ctrl + C Copy
Ctrl + Shift + C Copy Merged
Ctrl + V Paste
Ctrl + Shift + N Paste into New Image
Ctrl + Shift + R Paste as Reference Image
Delete Clear
F1 Krita Handbook

Shortcuts for Painting

Shortcut Action
B Freehand Brush Tool
Q Multi-Brush Tool
[ Decrease Brush Size
] Increase Brush Size
I Decrease Brush Opacity
O Increase Brush Opacity
Insert key New Paint Layer
F2 Rename Current Layer
Page Down key Activate the Previous Layer
Page Up key Activate the Next Layer
Ctrl + J Duplicate Layer
Ctrl + E Merge Down
Ctrl + Shift + E Flatten All
Ctrl + G Create a New Layer Group
Shift + Delete Remove Layer
Shift + Backspace Fill with Foreground Colour
Backspace Fill with Background Colour
X Switch Foreground and Background Color
D Reset Foreground Color to Black and Background Color to White
Mouse right-click Show Pop-Up Color Palette
K Darken Color
L Lighten Color
Ctrl + Shift + U Desaturate
C Show Common Color
H Show Color History
Ctrl + B Color Balance
Ctrl + U HSV or HSL Adjust
Ctrl + L Levels
W Wrap-Around Mode
/ Switch to the Previous Preset

Shortcuts for Tools

Shortcut Action
B Freehand Brush Tool
Q Multi-Brush Tool
T Move Tool
C Crop Tool
Ctrl + T Transform Tool
G Gradient Tool
E Eraser Mode
P Color Select Tool
Ctrl + R Rectangular Select Tool
J Elliptical Select Tool
F Fill Tool
M Horizontal Mirror Tool

Shortcuts for Selections

Shortcut Action
Ctrl + A Select All
Ctrl + Shift + A Deselect
Ctrl + Shift + D Reselect
Ctrl + Shift + I Invert Selection
Ctrl + H Show/Hide Selection
Ctrl + Shift + J Cut Selection to New Layer

Shortcuts for Navigation and Canvas

Shortcut Action
Tab Show Canvas Only
Ctrl + Shift + F Full-Screen Mode
Ctrl + + / = Zoom In
Ctrl + - Zoom Out
1 Zoom 1:1
2 Zoom to Fit
3 Zoom to Fit Width
Ctrl + ] or 6 Rotate Right
Ctrl + [ or 4 Rotate Left
5 Rotate Reset

How to Change Shortcut Keys in Krita

If you are looking for a shortcut that wasn’t on the list above, it could be because it was difficult to include every single shortcut available or because the action you want to do doesn’t have an assigned shortcut key(s).

Luckily, you can access the shortcut preferences and either find the shortcut you want or assign a new shortcut to a specific action. You can also change existing shortcuts if they don’t suit you.

To change shortcut keys, you need to open the shortcut menu. To do this on Windows, open Krita. Then, go to Settings > Configure Krita.

Go to the Keyboard Shortcuts tab by clicking on it in the left-hand panel.

Here, you will find the entire list of shortcuts, including actions that don’t currently have shortcut keys assigned to them. You can move through the list and open tabs to find the shortcut you are looking for.

To change or add a shortcut, go to the action. Whether the action already has an assigned shortcut or not, you can use the same method. First, open the action, and click on the arrow in the shortcut column to access the shortcut options.

You will see whether there is a default shortcut, such as in my case, which is Ctrl + W for the Close action. To change the shortcut, click the circle next to Custom to select it, then click on the box that says None.

When you click on None, the box will change to Input, indicating that you can press the keys that you want the new shortcut to be.

You won’t be able to assign the same shortcut to two different actions, so if you click on the keys you want and they are already assigned to a different shortcut, you will receive an error message. You can either reassign the shortcut to this new action or press Cancel and add different shortcut keys.

Once you have entered valid shortcut keys, the new shortcut appears in the shortcut column.

You can change as many shortcut keys as you need. Then click OK to confirm the changes, and you can now use your new shortcuts going forward.