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Entering values

Some tool options bars, palettes, and dialog boxes contain options that you enter as values. There are various methods for entering values: sliders, angle controls, arrow buttons, and text boxes. As you do each lesson, whenever you’re asked to enter a value, use one of the methods listed below. In many cases, you may have a choice of techniques that you can use to enter the value.

  • Type a value in the text box. To apply your entry, do one of the following: select a different option or text box in the palette; press Tab to go to a different text box in the palette; click the background in the composition; or press Enter or Return.

    Note

    For certain options, you can use numeric shortcuts for entering percentages. For instance, typing 1 enters 10%, 2 enters 20%, 3 enters 30%, and so on.

    A. Text Box B. Slider C. Up and Down arrows D. Angle control

  • Drag the slider to change the value. In many cases, you must first click a down arrow button next to the text box to open the slider. If you shift-drag a slider, the values change in increments of 10 units.

  • Click the up arrow and down arrow buttons to increase and decrease values.

  • Drag an angle control to change the value. Shift-drag to change the angle in 15-degree increments.

  • (Windows, Mac OS 10 only) Click in the text field and then press the Up Arrow or Down Arrow key on the keyboard to increase or decrease the value. Hold down Shift as you click an arrow key to change the value in increments of 10 units.

  • (Windows only) Use the mouse wheel to increase or decrease the value.

    To cancel values before you apply them, press the Escape key.


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