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With the magnifier tool

Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
CtrlClick Toggles to the opposite magnifier. If the + magnifier (zoom in) is active, and you hit Control while clicking, you switch to the - magnifier and actually zoom OUT.

With the dropper tool

Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
ShiftClick Select a color for both fill and outline tools. Shift clicking with the dropper makes the color you click active for ALL tools. It doesn't automatically switch you to any tool. It leaves the dropper active.


Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
Ctrl+L Show/Hide Library
Ctrl+M Modify Movie Properties
Ctrl+E Toggle between Edit Movie and Edit Symbol Mode
Ctrl+Shift+L Show/Hide Timeline
Ctrl+Shift+W Show/Hide Work Area


Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
Enter Play
Ctrl+0(zero) Rewind
< Previous Frame
> Next Frame
Home Go to First Scene
End Go to Last Scene
Page Up Go to Previous Scene
Page Down Go to Next Scene

Modifying and editing

Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
Ctrl+G Group
Ctrl+U Ungroup
Ctrl+B Break Apart
Ctrl+Shift+V Paste in Place
Ctrl+D Duplicate
Ctrl+A Select All
Ctrl+Shift+A Deselect All
Ctrl+Shift+O Optimize Curves
Ctrl+K Align Window
Ctrl+Shift+S Scale and Rotate
Ctrl+Shift+Z Remove Transform
Ctrl+Arrow Up Move Ahead
Ctrl+Shift+Arrow Up Bring to Front
Ctrl+Arrow Down Move Behind
Ctrl+Shift+Arrow Down Send to Back
Ctrl+T Modify Font
Ctrl+Shift+T Modify Paragraph
Ctrl+Arrow Left Narrower letterspacing (kerning)
Ctrl+Arrow Right wider letterspacing (kerning)

Other tricks

Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
CtrlClick a keyframe to move frame Control + clicking a frame in the timeline switches the cursor to a slider. It allows you to drag that frame to a new place in the timeline within that same layer. This function is useful for editing the positioning of tweens, and so on, in the timeline.


Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
Ctrl+R Import Image/Sound/etc...
Ctrl+Shift+R Export to .swf/.spl/.gif/, etc...
Ctrl+Shift+O Open as Library

With the arrow cursor

Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
CtrlDrag Duplicates a shape.
Press the control key first (Mac OS and Windows) and drag a selected shape or group of shapes to duplicate those shapes where you release the mouse button.
CtrlClick a keyframe in the timeline Switches the cursor to a slider and allows you to drag that frame to a new place in the timeline within that same layer.


Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
F5 Add frame
Shift+F5 Delete Frame
F6 Add Keyframe
F7 Add Blank Keyframe
F8 Make Symbol


Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
A Arrow/Cursor
T Text Tool
P Pencil
I Ink Bottle
B Paint Brush
U Paint Bucket
E Eraser
D Dropper
M Magnifier
L Lasso


Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
Ctrl+1 View movie at 100% size
Ctrl+2 Show Frame
Ctrl+3 Show All