In my artboard, I have tons of objects. I'd like to focus it on Layers panel with some mouse/keyboard shortcut or combination.

Like in Photoshop, I can easily right click + alt to focus the layer on the Layer Panel.

Is it possible on Illustrator? I know I can open the Layer menu and click "Locate Object", but that's not a great deal with fast operations.


Not sure I entirely understand you question, but I'll take a guess.

Open the layers panel, expand the layers so you can find all the objects within, the find the layer or object you want and select it as shown below. The object or layer will be selected on the artboard.

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Note: This also works in reverse, select the object on the artboard, and the relevant object will be shown in the layers panel.

Edit further to comments:

Although Locate Object has no shortcut key, it is possible to record the Locate Object as an action and assign a hotkey to the run the action. I tested this and it seems to work. Hopefully it's what you are looking for. I assigned Ctrl+F2 as the hotkey. Remember if you work on a laptop you may also need to hold down the Fn key to access the F keys.

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  • I want the "reverse", but it works only for "selection", not focus. If I have 1000 layers, I need to scroll until I found it... which is not good.
    – markzzz
    Jul 11 '19 at 10:39
  • @markzzz see edit I made to the answer
    – Billy Kerr
    Jul 11 '19 at 10:59
  • But I need to locate the object on Layer Panel, not on the artboard. Artboard is the place when I select the object, so I'm seeing it :) Its the other parts that's art to locate...
    – markzzz
    Jul 11 '19 at 12:10
  • Not sure I understand what you mean. Isn't that what my answer already shows? Select an object and it's indicated in the layers panel? Perhaps consider posting some screen shots to demonstrate what you are trying to do or what is failing.
    – Billy Kerr
    Jul 11 '19 at 12:14
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    @markzzz OK, see my edit again. Hopefully this will work for you now.
    – Billy Kerr
    Jul 11 '19 at 14:31

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