Flash CS3 keyboard shortcuts
Authors: Daniel K. Schneider (TECFA) and Marielle Lange (WidgEd)
This page contains the most important Flash CS3 keyboard shortcuts. There may be some mistakes and omissions for now (e.g. programming/debugging is not covered). Table size optimized for Mozilla/Windows.
For Mac users, to have the functions keys functioning as below, you have to go to "System Preferences" > "Keyboard" > tick option "Use all F1, F2, etc. keys as standard function keys". Otherwise your function keys will function as the special feature printed on them (you can always use these special features using FN key+F1, F2, etc.).
1 The useful list
Standard windows commands not shown here
2 Tools Panel
While drawing on the stage you quickly can change tools that way.
3 Modifying and editing
5 Windows and Panels
Open/close various Panels
If your screen is big enough you won't need these a lot ...
6 Frames and Symbols
(most of the time, position first inside the timeline)
10 Generate shortcut table
- What Are the Flash Shortcut Keys? by Adobe, a good short list.
- Flash Keyboard Shortcuts (another, more recent Adobe document, 2011)
- Most useful Flash 8 Shortcut Keys by Anders Bergmann.
- Full reference for Flash CS3 shortcuts can also be printed. (commercial $15)
- On a Mac replace "Control" by "Command"
- In this table, "+" means hold down both (usually I just use a "-" for this)
13 Other tricks
(from Adobe, to sort out)
With the arrow cursor: Control + Click and Drag - Duplicates a shape By hitting the control key first (Macintosh & Windows) and THEN clicking and dragging on a selected shape or group of shapes, you will create a duplicate of those shapes at the spot where you release the mouse button.
CTRL+Clicking a keyframe to move frame: CTRL+clicking a frame in the timeline switches the cursor to a slider, and allows you to click and drag that frame to a new place in the timeline within that same layer. Useful if you want to stretch out tweens for example
With the magnifier tool:
Control + Click - Toggles to the opposite magnifier. If the + magnifier (zoom in) is active, and you hit Control while clicking, you will switch to the - magnifier and actually zoom OUT.
With the dropper tool:
Shift + Click - Select a color for both fill and outline tools Clicking a red fill will do the same, giving you the Bucket tool, and switching fill colors to red. But the outline tool colors are not changed. Clicking on text switches the text tool to that color, and gives you the text tool. Shift clicking with the dropper makes the color you click on active for ALL tools, and doesn't automatically switch you to any tool. It leaves the dropper active.
This is one of the least well known short cuts in Flash, and is the ONLY way to use the dropper on an outline for example, and then be able to switch to the fill tool and have that color automatically active already.