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Chapter 3. Creating Graphics > Selecting Strokes and Fills with the Arrow Tool

Selecting Strokes and Fills with the Arrow Tool

The Arrow tool provides the most simple and versatile procedures for selecting objects in Flash. The Arrow tool selects anything you click on (provided it isn’t on a locked layer). Double-clicking shapes with the Arrow tool selects all fills and strokes that are connected. Shift-selecting allows you to add to the selection only what you need. Alternately, dragging a selection rectangle on the Stage with the Arrow tool creates a bounding box that selects anything you drag it over. This bounding box method is the most reliable technique for selecting very complex objects with many intersecting strokes and fills.

Select Fills with the Arrow Selection Tool

1.
Click the Arrow tool in the Toolbar.

The pointer becomes an arrow.

2.
Position the arrow in the Fill area or the center of the shape and click.

The fill becomes highlighted with a dotted pattern to indicate it has been selected. Hold down the Shift key to add other strokes and fills to the selection.

Select with a Selection Rectangle

1.
Click the Arrow tool in the Toolbar.

The pointer becomes an arrow.

2.
Click on the Stage above and to the left of the shape you want to select and drag to create a Selection Rectangle, and then release the mouse when the bounding box fully encloses the shape.

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