Flash CS3 Common Keyboard Shortcuts

By Ellen Finkelstein, Gurdy Leete

Part of Flash CS3 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Many Flash CS3 menu commands offer keyboard shortcuts. The shortcuts are displayed on the menus, next to the command name. Here are some of the most commonly used keyboard shortcuts:

  • Ctrl+N (Windows) or Command+N (Mac): Open the New Document dialog box so you can start a new movie.

  • Ctrl+O (Windows) or Command+O (Mac): Open an existing movie.

  • Ctrl+S (Windows) or Command+S (Mac): Save your movie. Use this shortcut often!

  • Ctrl+X (Windows) or Command+X (Mac): Cut to the Clipboard.

  • Ctrl+C (Windows) or Command+C (Mac): Copy to the Clipboard.

  • Ctrl+V (Windows) or Command+V (Mac): Paste from the Clipboard.

  • Ctrl+Z (Windows) or Command+Z (Mac): Undo. Would you believe that by default Flash remembers your last 100 actions and can undo them? What a relief! And if you choose Window→Other Panels→History, the History panel lists each action so you know what the next Undo will undo. Think of it as a journey into the long-forgotten past.

  • Ctrl+Y (Windows) or Command+Y (Mac): Redo. This redoes actions that you undid by using the Undo button. (Got that?) This button remembers just as many actions as the Undo button. If you undo more actions than you want, click Redo (or press Ctrl+Y or Command+Y) until you’re back where you want to be. Using the Undo and Redo buttons is like traveling through Flash time — and it gives you lots of slack while you’re working.

  • Ctrl+Q (Windows) or Command+Q (Mac): Exit Flash.