Tip: Topic Editor Secrets, Shortcuts, and Forgotten Features

Having used UPK for so long, I often take for granted some of the habits (both good and bad) I've picked up over the years. I recently remembered a few shortcuts that I wanted to share with other UPK authors who work in the Topic Editor, which I've documented here.

Move Around Faster

  • Alt + Left Arrow (<--) = Navigates to the previous frame
  • Alt + Right Arrow (-->) = navigates to the next frame
  • Alt + Home = navigates to the Introduction frame
  • Alt + End = navigates to the End frame

Get a Better View of your Screenshots

  • Right click drag the screenshot to pan the screenshot.
  • You can show and hide all property windows using the icon which looks like an empty window. This option can also be found in the View menu. This allows you to see more of the captured screenshot, which is very useful when editing content developed in a screen size equal to or larger than the screen size used for editing.

More Control of Action Areas

  • Left double-click the screenshot to define the upper-left corner of the action area
  • Shift + Left double-click the screenshot to define the lower-right corner of the action area
  • Control + Left click drag to draw the action area

Tame Bubble Snapping

  • When moving a bubble, you can hold down the Control key to avoid "snapping" to the action area in predefined location, allowing you to determine where the bubble connects to the action area.

Other Cool Stuff

  • Right double-click the screenshot to bring up a context menu with the options to: Create Action Area or Edit Screenshot

I plan to update this post with a video in the future. There are others which we may cover in future posts. I hope this allows you to further reduce the time you spend editing content. And, if you know of any Topic Editor tips you'd like to share, let us know in the comments.

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