Add rounded corners to rectangles in Flash using the keyboard

Way back when, I had an issue with having to double-click the rectangle tool to add rounded corners to a rectangle object in Flash. Not sure who told me at MM at the time, but you can simply hold the mouse button when inserting a rectangle on the stage and hold down the up or down arrow keys to adjust the rounded corners *real-time*!

This was back in the Flash 4 days I believe, maybe it was 5, but anyhoo, I was creating a rectangle with rounded corners and a co-worker asked how i did that without using the prompt.

Thought you might find this tip useful! 🙂

22 Responses to Add rounded corners to rectangles in Flash using the keyboard

  1. Christopher Wigginton says:

    Wow, cool! Thanks! 🙂

  2. Hey no probs! I was creating rounded corners on a rectangle for a MC that has Slice-9 enabled.
    I’m sure I won’t be the only one. 😉
    I’ll post more when I think about them.

  3. Dujodu says:

    Slice-9 Rocks! I can’t wait to play around with that feature.

  4. Shunjie says:

    cool trick, thanks =D

  5. MOLOKO says:

    top tip! all my flash graphic artists now think I’m a genius 😉

  6. I forgot to mention the same goes for Fireworks. 😉

  7. pixi says:

    Duuuuuuuuuude!!! No Way, I taught flash for a few years back in the day, and thats something I never came across OMG –
    Learn summin new every day. :)Tanx

  8. uggi says:

    OMG – do you have any idea how much you just helped me 😀 Thank you!!

  9. Scott says:

    You don’t even know how long I have been trying to find an easy way to add roundded corners to a table in flash. Life is good. Many thanks.

  10. senocular says:

    Wow, I’m suprised how many people didn’t know about this.

  11. _nICO says:

    Same here senocular.
    It’s the same way like it works in illustrator or fireworks (and freehand i guess)
    but it’s a great timesaver

  12. kat says:

    Dude!
    Thank you so much! I have been trying to figure out the easiest way to do it.

  13. mete lock says:

    Wow, Thanks! 🙂

  14. Fragg3R says:

    Whoa! Nice trick!!! Saved me heaps of time! Thanx a lot mate!

  15. Mark says:

    Awesome…Flash’s own tutorials are extremely poor…guys like you help us all move on! Thanks!

  16. atul says:

    i spend two weeks doing masking and other tricky ways but could not do it..thanks to you people and specially google,from where i found this page directly. thanks once again.

  17. hindy says:

    THANKS!Very kind of you to share that will all!

  18. Casper says:

    Great, I’ve been doing graphics for years, but I hadn’t discovered that one! I guess you learn something new everyday… Thanks!

  19. TonyAgana says:

    Good trick, doesn’t stop them looking terrible though, does it!

  20. bart says:

    wow – been working in flash for years and it’s alway’s bugged me that one, many txs and we all learn something new everyday.
    bart.

  21. Jorge says:

    Excelent tip. Years later still helpful. Thanks 😀

  22. Martin says:

    Thanks for this, neat trick!