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Using the Clipboard

Flash supports the standard cut, copy, and paste operations familiar to most computer users. Flash also provides special pasting operations for graphic elements; you can paste items in the center of the Stage or in their original location.

To perform basic editing operations

  1. Select the elements you want to delete, cut, or copy.
  2. From the Edit menu (Figure 4.15), choose one of the following:
    • To delete the selection, choose Clear, or press the Delete key.
    • To cut the selection, choose Cut, or press cmd.gif-X (Mac) or Ctrl-X (Windows).
    • To copy the selection, choose Copy, or press cmd.gif-C (Mac) or Ctrl-C (Windows).
    Figure 4.15

    Figure 4.15 The Edit menu offers all the basic cut, copy, and paste commands for working with graphic elements.

    After you cut or copy an item, it resides on the Clipboard until your next cut or copy operation. To retrieve the Clipboard's contents use one of the Paste commands.

To paste the Clipboard's contents in the center of the window

  • Choose Edit > Paste in Center, or press cmd.gif-V (Mac) or Ctrl-V (Windows).

    Flash pastes the Clipboard's contents in the center of the current view (Figure 4.16).

    Figure 4.16

    Figure 4.16 When you copy a selected graphic element (top) and choose Edit > Paste in Center, Flash pastes a copy of the element from the Clipboard to the center of the current view (bottom).

To paste the Clipboard contents in their original location

  • Choose Edit > Paste in Place, or press shift-cmd.gif-V (Mac) or Ctrl-Shift-V (Windows).

    Flash pastes the Clipboard contents to their original location on the Stage. The value of this command becomes more apparent when you work with layers and animation; it can be crucial to have elements appear in precisely the same spot but on a different layer or frame.

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