7 CorelDRAW Shortcuts for Alignment

Doug Zender has used CorelDRAW extensively since version 4. His goal is to minimize the intimidation of the program and give users the sense that CorelDRAW is a friend, not an adversary. Dougbegan as a design artist, then moved into the sign industry in 1992 doing vinyl graphics. You can contact him at dezender1@gmail.com.

Let’s talk about a few shortcuts in CorelDRAW when it comes to Alignment features, since these are most often needed in the production of graphic design (these are easy enough to memorize):

  • Align Left = Keystroke L
  • Align Right = Keystroke R
  • Align Top = Keystroke T
  • Align Bottom = Keystroke B
  • Align Horizontally = Keystroke E
  • Align Vertically = Keystroke C
  • Center on Page = Keystroke P

Suppose I have two (or more) objects that I want to align in a particular fashion, let’s say, align left and bottom. I select one object, then shift-select the next one and press L and B on my keyboard. Note that the first object selected aligns to the second one selected. If instead, I want to center one object to another, I simply press C and E on my keyboard. This is much easier and faster than the Align/Distribute docker, which provides a similar function with many more options involved. 

—Doug Zender

Read more about features in CorelDRAW in the March ’19 issue of A&E