Join Todd Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video The essential toolbar shortcuts, part of Flash Professional Power Shortcuts.
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Almost everything in Flash has a keyboard shortcut, but most of the shortcuts are for features you'll rarely use. Here some of the most useful keyboard shortcuts for working in the toolbar. The Selection tool and can be accessed with the keyboard shortcut V. I honestly use that all the time. Another one that I use all the time is Q, which is the Free Transform tool. If you're drawing a lot, you may want to memorize P for the Pen tool, which is the pretty easy one, or R for the Rectangle, or O for the Oval tool.
There's also B for the Brush tool and the great thing is that these are pretty obvious, because it's the first letter of the tool that you're using. And for drawing and working in Flash those are the main keyboard shortcuts that I have memorized and use all the time. The Text tool is another one. That's T. And if you want to know any other shortcuts, just hover your mouse over any of the tools and you'll see the keyboard shortcut in parenthesis. One that's not listed here, but that is one of my favorite in Flash and in many other drawing applications is the Spacebar toggle for panning.
So you'll see that there is the Hand tool that's H. You can press that to click-and-drag and pane around your file. I can turn that off by clicking the Selection tool, but Spacebar keyboard shortcut enables you to toggle the Hand tool just while your Spacebar is down. So I can use the Selection tool to move around the kid and then I let my mouse button go, hold the Spacebar, and I can pane around, and as soon as I let the Spacebar go and my mouse go then I'm no longer panning. I am back in the Selection tool.
That was a look at the toolbar related keyboard shortcuts I use most, but if there are tools you find yourself using often, I encourage you to either memorize the keyboard shortcut or create your own if one doesn't exist already. That way you can get more done in less time.
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- Finding and replacing content
- Importing sequences of images
- Enabling buttons and ActionScript without testing the movie
- Creating custom shortcuts with the History panel
- Animating with easing presets
- Setting onion skinning and onion skinning outlines
- Embedding fonts
- Adding vars in a text field
- Using code snippets and behaviors
- Fixing coding errors
- Limiting SWF file sizes
- Optimizing Flash Player performance with a preloader
- Additional Flash CS5.5 shortcuts