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Chapter 12. Adding Graphics to Documents > Using Keyboard-Mouse Combinations

Using Keyboard-Mouse Combinations

When creating shapes, it's easy to think only of using the mouse. However, as noted in several tips throughout this section, you can also modify mouse actions by using the keyboard. Table 12.1 lists these shortcuts.

Table 12.1. Keyboard-Mouse Combinations for Drawing Shapes
Keystroke/Mouse ActionEffect
Shift+DragSymmetrical (Squares, Circles, Stars: all closed shapes)
Alt+Shift+DragSnap to angle in 15-degree increments
Ctrl+DragShape starts from center and expands outward (lines, closed)
Shift+Ctrl+DragSymmetrical shapes starting from the center (closed shapes)



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