The Action type setting indicates the type of action taken for the current frame. There are three basic action types: keyboard, string input, and mouse. A keyboard action occurs when you press a key on the keyboard to accomplish a task. A string input action occurs when you enter text into a document, field, dialog box, and so on. A mouse action includes clicking, double-clicking, pointing, rolling the wheel, and dragging. While the Developer automatically determines the action, you can change this setting if necessary. The following lists the possible actions:
Point: Using the mouse to point to an object on the screen. Most often used when displaying a submenu.
Drag: Clicking and holding either mouse button while moving the mouse. This action includes dragging to select text or cells, or dragging an object (such as a graphic) across the screen.
Keyboard: Pressing any function key, cursor movement key, or any other single key, such as ENTER, TAB, ESC, INSERT, or DELETE. This action also includes key combinations, such as CTRL+A, SHIFT+ENTER, and ALT+TAB.
Left button down
Left button up: Pressing and holding the primary mouse button (the left mouse button for a right-handed user); releasing the mouse button. These actions are used before and after drag events to indicate the start and end of the drag.
Left triple-click: Using the primary mouse button.
Left begin drag: Holding the primary mouse button down and moving the mouse.
Right button down
Right button up: Pressing and holding the secondary mouse button (the right mouse button for a right-handed user); releasing the mouse button.
Right triple-click: Using the secondary mouse button.
Right begin drag: Holding the secondary mouse button down and moving the mouse.
Middle button down
Middle button up: Pressing and holding the middle mouse button; releasing the mouse button.
Middle triple-click: Using the middle mouse button.
Middle begin drag: Holding the middle mouse button down and moving the mouse.
Wheel: Rolling the middle mouse wheel.
String input: Entering text into a document or a field by typing on the keyboard.
Note: If you record an action that uses a keyboard combination involving the SHIFT, CTRL, or ALT keys, the Topic Editor records the action as a keyboard action and automatically selects the Alt, Control, or Shift option in the Frame Properties toolpane, as appropriate.
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