# Direct Selection tool modifier keys

**Expression Studio 3.0**

The following table lists shortcuts that you can use to modify the shape of an existing path with the Direct Selection tool . To add or remove points on an existing path, or to join two existing paths, use the Pen tool.

To do this action | Do this | Pointer |
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Make tangent handles appear for a point on a path | Click a point on a path | Move point pointer |

Move a point on a path | Drag a point on a path | Move point pointer |

Make tangent handles appear for a segment between two points on a path | Click a segment of a path | Move segment pointer |

Move a segment between two points on a path | Drag a segment of a path | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | Convert tangent pointer |