How To Get Out Of Canvas Mode In Krita

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Krita, an open-source painting program, offers a highly versatile feature, known as Canvas Mode. This mode enables users to maximize their workspace by hiding menus and panels, allowing them to concentrate solely on their artwork. However, for beginners, exiting this mode may prove challenging. In this blog post, we provide a step-by-step guide on how to exit canvas mode in Krita.

Step-by-Step Guide to Exit Canvas Mode

Exiting canvas mode in Krita is straightforward once you know the steps. Here’s the process:

  1. Press the Tab key on your keyboard.
  2. If the first step doesn’t work for some reason, go to the top of the screen until you see the Krita file menu, then click View and select Fullscreen Mode or Canvas Only to exit the canvas mode.

Using Shortcuts to Exit Canvas Mode

Krita provides several shortcuts to make accessing its features easier and faster. You can use the following keyboard shortcuts to exit canvas mode:

  • Tab – Toggles the canvas mode on and off.
  • CTRL + \ – Switches between windowed mode and fullscreen mode.

Customizing Shortcuts in Krita

If you frequently switch between canvas mode and the regular mode, you might want to customize your shortcuts.

To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Click on Settings in the menu bar.
  2. Select Configure Krita.
  3. In the window that pops up, click on the Keyboard Shortcuts tab.
  4. Find the action you want to change the shortcut for, click on it, and press the key you want to use as your shortcut.
  5. Click OK to save your changes.


Canvas mode in Krita is a great tool that helps you concentrate on your art by removing all distractions. Exiting this mode is as simple as pressing a button or two. And with the ability to customize keyboard shortcuts, Krita becomes an even more user-friendly tool for digital artists of all levels.