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Select by Shift-Click

Last post 09-30-2008 9:25 by Matthew Curland. 3 replies.
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  • 09-17-2008 15:17

    Select by Shift-Click

    I sometimes have occasion to select a number of icons. The mouse works well much of the time.

    However, I would like to use the Shift-Click method of adding or removing individual icons from the set of selected icons. (Consider this a feature request.)

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  • 09-17-2008 20:04 In reply to

    Re: Select by Shift-Click

    We're just picking up the defaults from the DSLTools surface. I've never looked into how these could be changed. If they're implemented with command routing they could be modified by the user. If they're hard-wired into the designer then it gets much harder.

    1. Ctrl-Click will add/remove items from the selection. The last one clicked becomes the primary item (you'll see a double highlight)
    2. Shift-Click will make a currently selected item the primary selected item. This has an effect on some commands, especially the Format/Align commands. Clicking on a non-selected item has the same action as Ctrl-Click (select and make primary)
    3. Ctrl-Drag duplicates the shape(s)
    4. Shift-Drag will limit the drag to either 100% vertical or 100% horizontal. Very useful for moving shapes without messing up alignment

    In any case, the functionality you're after is there on a different key combination.



  • 09-22-2008 11:02 In reply to

    Re: Select by Shift-Click

    "Format/Align commands" ?

    I wasn't aware of such, and wished for them.  Where do I find documentation on these - they must be part of Visual Studio.

  • 09-30-2008 9:25 In reply to

    Re: Select by Shift-Click

    Yes, they're standard VS designer commands available on the main VS menu. You'll see a Format menu appear when you have alignable combinations of top-level shapes selected. We don't currently support aligning to role boxes (the DSL designer has shapes, subshapes, and shapesubfields. Each role box is a shapesubfield), but it's on the list.

    The most commonly used commands are Alt-O-A-C (align centers, used to vertically align) and Alt-O-A-M (align middles, used to horizontally align). Aligning Top/Left/Bottom/Right is also supported.

    The reference shape (the one that is aligned to) is the primary shape selection, which is discussed in my previous post.


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