Cheat Sheet

Flash Professional CS5 & Flash Catalyst CS5 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

From Flash Professional CS5 and Flash Catalyst CS5 For Dummies

By Ellen Finkelstein, Gurdy Leete, Mary Leete

Flash Professional CS5 is the latest version of the popular software used on some of the coolest Web sites on the planet. Most drawing functions are available only from the Tools panel, so learning the Flash tools contained there (and shortcuts for using them) will help you master this robust program. You often use the Timeline for creating animation, but almost every other function in Flash is on a menu somewhere. You just need to find it, so the tables show the Flash Professional CS5 keyboard shortcuts for several menu commands.

The Flash Professional CS5 Tools Panel

The Flash Professional CS5 Tools panel contains all the tools you need to draw and edit objects. At the bottom of the Tools panel are options that modify how the tools function. Shortcuts appear in brackets. Tools hidden in flyouts are in parentheses.


Flash Professional CS5 Keyboard Shortcuts for Menu Commands

Many Flash Professional CS5 menu commands offer keyboard shortcuts. The shortcuts are displayed on the menus, next to the command name. The most commonly used Flash Professional CS5 keyboard shortcuts for menu commands are shown in the following tables.

Flash Professional CS5 File Menu Commands
Command Windows Mac
New Ctrl+N Command+N
Open Ctrl+O Command+O
Close Ctrl+W Command+W
Close All Ctrl+Alt+W Command+Option+W
Save Ctrl+S Command+S
Save As Ctrl+Sift+S Command+Shift+S
Import: Import to Stage Ctrl+R Command+R
Publish Shift+F12 Shift+F12
Exit (PC)/Quit (Mac) Ctrl+Q Command+Q
Flash Professional CS5 Edit Menu Commands
Command Windows Mac
Undo Ctrl+Z Command+Z
Redo Ctrl+Y Command+Y
Cut Ctrl+X Command+X
Copy Ctrl+C Command+C
Paste in Center Ctrl+V Command+V
Paste in Place Ctrl+Shift+V Command+Shift+V
Clear Delete/Backspace Delete/Clear
Duplicate Ctrl+D Command+D
Select All Ctrl+A Command+A
Deselect All Ctrl+Shift+A Command+Shift+A
Timeline: Copy Frames Ctrl+Alt+C Command+Option+C
Timeline: Paste Frames Ctrl+Alt+V Command+Option+V
Flash Professional CS5 View Menu Commands
Command Windows Mac
Magnification: 100% Ctrl+1 Command+1
Magnification: Show All Ctrl+3 Command+3
Snapping: Snap to Objects Ctrl+Shift+/ Command+Shift+/
Flash Professional CS5 Insert Menu Commands
Command Windows Mac
New Symbol Ctrl+F8 Command+F8
Timeline: Frame F5 F5
Flash Professional CS5 Modify Menu Commands
Command Windows Mac
Document Ctrl+J Command+J
Convert to Symbol F8 F8
Break Apart Ctrl+B Command+B
Shape: Add Shape Hint Ctrl+Shift+H Command+Shift+H
Timeline: Distribute to Layers Ctrl+Shift+D Command+Shift+D
Timeline: Convert to Keyframes F6 F6
Timeline: Convert to Blank Keyframes F7 F7
Group Ctrl+G Command+G
Ungroup Ctrl+Shift+G Command+Shift+G
Flash Professional CS5 Control Menu Commands
Command Windows Mac
Play Enter Return
Rewind Shift+, Shift+,
Step Forward One Frame . (period) . (period)
Step Backward One Frame , (comma) , (comma)
Test Movie: In Flash Professional Ctrl+Enter Command+Return
Enable Simple Buttons Ctrl+Alt+B Command+Option+B
Flash Professional CS5 Window Menu Commands
Command Windows Mac
Timeline Ctrl+Alt+T Command+Option+T
Tools Ctrl+F2 Command+F2
Properties Ctrl+F3 Command+F3
Library Ctrl+L Command+L
Actions F9 Option+F9
Movie Explorer Alt+F3 Option+F3
Align Ctrl+K Command+K
Color Shift+F9 Shift+F9
Info Ctrl+I Command+I
Swatches Ctrl+F9 Command+F9
Transform Ctrl+T Command+T
Other Panels: History Ctrl+F10 Command+F10
Other Panels: Scene Shift+F2 Shift+F2
Hide Panels F4 F4