I want to duplicate an entire artboard with all the artworks within it to another location in Illustrator CC, and I think it can be done by pressing and dropping and dragging. However, when I tried it, the resultant artwork is only made up by the entire white background, and all the artworks within the original artboard were not duplicated properly.

And I tried to push the white background back in order to confirm that it just hides all the artworks behind it, but the artworks wasn't hidden.

So how can I duplicate the entire artwork with all the contents within it?

  • Is anything locked? Items? layers? Aug 16, 2014 at 13:33
  • I remove one locked layer but the duplication still doesn't work.
    – Blaszard
    Aug 16, 2014 at 13:54
  • Clipping masks anywhere?
    – Scott
    Aug 18, 2014 at 17:05

4 Answers 4


As long as you are just trying to duplicate the artboard within the same file, you should be able to just pick Duplicate Artboards from the Artboards panel.
As @Lauren Ipsum noted though, you need to be sure all of the content you wish to have duplicated is unlocked. I recommend going to Object > Unlock All or pressing ⌘ / Ctrl / Command+⌥ / Alt / option+2 before duplicating the artboard.


This could mean a whole lot different things have gone wrong while copying. I don't think you can copy an artboard from an active document to another, but they are fast workarounds to this. Is it a vector art or flattened/rasterized? Are the layers locked? I am not sure about the key combination you are referring to but on Windows, copying is done by ALT + drag the item


Adobe Illustrator CS6

This is issue was driving me bonkers and I found the solution. I think the OP wanted to use the shortcut to copy the entire clipboard.

Switch to Artboard mode. Shift + Option (Mac) Shift + Alt (PC)

Look for this button on the top button bar. Toggles the ability to copy the artboard contents. Hope this helps someone.


Remove the background layer lock before duplicating.

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