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Direct Selection tool modifier keys

The following table lists shortcuts that you can use to modify the shape of an existing path with the Direct Selection tool Ee341418.6dd6571f-c116-451d-8dd2-1f88b8406362(en-us,Expression.30).png. To add or remove points on an existing path, or to join two existing paths, use the Pen tool.

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Pointer

Make tangent handles appear for a point on a path

Click a point on a path

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Move point pointer

Move a point on a path

Drag a point on a path

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Move point pointer

Make tangent handles appear for a segment between two points on a path

Click a segment of a path

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Move segment pointer

Move a segment between two points on a path

Drag a segment of a path

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Move segment pointer

Change the angle of a tangent for a point on a path

Click a point or a segment of a path to make the tangent handles appear, and then drag one of the tangent end points

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Move tangent pointer

Make a point into a sharp corner or reduces the tangent to zero

Hover over a point, hold down ALT, and then click the point

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Convert point pointer

Make any sharp corner smooth (or, if it's already smooth, change the angle of the curve as it passes through the clicked point)

Hover over a point, hold down ALT, and then drag the point

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Convert point pointer

Change a curve segment into a straight line

Hover over a segment in a path, hold down ALT, and then click the segment

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Convert segment pointer

Take a segment and bend it into a curve to pass through the pointer position

Hover over a segment in a path, hold down ALT, and then drag the segment

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Convert segment pointer

Adjust one end of a tangent independently of the other side

Direct-select a point or a segment, hold down ALT, and then drag a tangent end point

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Convert tangent pointer

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