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Tip of the Week: Swatch Navigation

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When you first open the Swatches panel via its keyboard shortcut (F5), you can apply swatches and tints via the keyboard. Use these tips to get a handle on swatch navigation.

  • If the currently applied swatch is [None], the “focus” is in the swatch list, otherwise the “focus” is in the Tint field.
  • Press Tab to move back and forth between the Tint field and the swatch list.
  • Use your arrow keys to move through the swatch list.
  • Press Tab to jump back to the Tint field.
  • If the Swatches panel is already open, you can make it keyboard navigable by Command-Option/ Control-Alt clicking on the list of swatches.



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