So as you may already know I recently installed CS4 and have been getting used to working in it on a daily basis. I use mostly keyboard shortcuts for choosing different tools in the tools panel and today I wanted to used the Magnifying Glass tool for the first time since installing CS4. Naturally, I pressed Z and thought to myself, “What the *&%^ just happened?”
Turns out that Adobe thought it’d be a good idea to make Z the shortcut for the new Bind tool and move the Magnifying Glass to M. I guess it makes sense because “M”agnifying Glass starts with M, but shouldn’t you have though of that, like, 10 versions ago when originally creating the program? I know Macromedia did it originally, but why break something that isn’t broken and everyone has gotten used to? I usually keep my left hand on the keyboard and right hand on mouse when doing stuff in the IDE so its very convenient for me to just hit Z and zoom in on something. What does Z have to do with “Bind” anyway? Why couldn’t Bind just be M?
Anyway, if you’re like me, you want to change this back to the original way it was. Go to the Keyboard Shortcuts (Flash > Keyboard Shortcuts on a Mac, forgot what it is on PC) and click the icon next to the Current Set dropdown (Duplicate Set). This creates a new set for you to use since you can’t re-map the default set. I just called mine “Matt” for obvious reasons and in the Commands drop-down you want to go to Tools Panel. Scroll down to “Magnifier” and select it, then highlight the M in the “Press Key” textfield and put in something that isn’t currently used anywhere (if you don’t, you’ll get an error that says this is already being used by the Bind tool, I just put the number 5 from the numpad). Then go to the “Bind Tool” and repeat the process and change it to M. Now go back to “Magnifier” and press Z. Click “OK” and you’re all set, back to the way things should be.