Flash Tool Modifier Shortcuts

Part of the Building Flash Web Sites For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The Flash tools you use to create dynamic Web sites have modified settings that enable you do even more. Have a look at the following tables to see how you can modify Flash tools and use shortcuts to achieve the effects — whether you're using Windows or a Mac:

Tool Modifier Action Windows Shortcut Mac Shortcut
Oval and Rectangle tools Constrain shape to a circle or square Shift-drag Shift-drag
Oval and Rectangle tools Draw from the center Alt-drag Option-drag
Oval and Rectangle tools Constrain shape to a circle or square and draw from the center Alt-Shift-drag Option-Shift-drag
Line tool Constrain lines to 45° increments Shift-drag Shift-drag
Line tool Draw from the center Alt-drag Option-drag
Line tool Constrain lines to 45° increments and drawn from the center Alt-Shift-drag Option-Shift-drag
Brush and Pencil tools Constrain strokes to vertical or horizontal Shift-drag Shift-drag
Pen Add points Click to add a straight point; click and drag to add a curve point Click to add a straight point; click and drag to add a curve point
Selection tool Use the Selection tool to move and rotate shapes while constraining direction Shift-drag Shift-drag
Selection tool Move a selected element by one pixel Select the object(s) and click an arrow key Select the object(s) and click an arrow key
Selection tool Move a selection by eight pixels Select the object(s) and then press an arrow key while holding down the Shift key Select the object(s) and then press an arrow key while holding down the Shift key
Selection tool Use the Selection tool to create a copy of an object Select the object and then Ctrl-drag Select the object and then Option-drag
Subselection tool Convert a corner point to a curve point Alt-drag Option-drag
Zoom tool Switch between Zoom In and Zoom Out modes Select the tool and then press Alt to zoom out; release the Alt key to change modes Select the tool and then press Option to zoom out; release the Option key to change modes
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