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The Alt-Click feature allowed users to edit various parts of the Scratch 1.x program. It was only available when the fill screen had been turned off by the Shift-Click-R method, or if Programmer Facilities were enabled.


On some computers one could be required to shift-click, control-click, middle click or right click to achieve the same effect, instead of alt-clicking. On some computers, multiple keys worked. Linux users did not need to press any keys at all to produce the same effect. On most Windows computers, pressing the middle scroll wheel on your mouse would work too.

How to Use

When the fill screen had been turned off, a user could hold the alt key and click on any item in Scratch, causing the item to bring up a number of colored circles. Alt-clicking the same item multiple times would make the item that is selected more specific. For example, one could Alt-click the Share button once, selecting the whole of the Scratch window — twice will select the entire top bar, three times will select the options, and a fourth time will select only the Share button.

What the Options Do

The result of Alt-Clicking the Scratch Cat.

When one Alt-clicks an item, it would bring up a number of options. The amount of options available depended on the item selected. Below are all the possible options and their colors:

  • Dismiss Me (light pink) — This deleted the selected item
  • Collapse Me (yellow-gray) — Collapsed the selected item
  • Rotate Me (blue) — Allowed the user to rotate the selected item by moving the mouse around
  • Menu for Me (red) — Brought up the menu for the selected item
  • Grab me (black) — Allowed the user to drag the selected item around the Scratch Window
  • Drag Me (brown) — Allowed the user to drag the selected item around the Scratch Window
  • Duplicate Me (light green) — Duplicated the selected item
  • Debug Me (light gray) — Brought up a debugging menu
  • Repaint me (dark gray) — Brought up the Paint Editor, which allowed one to edit the selected item (only appeared when sprites and the Scratch logo in the top left of the frame were alt-clicked)
  • Grow me (yellow) — Allowed you to change the size of the selected item by moving the mouse around

Alt-Clicking Morphs

Main article: Scratch Morph

Some Scratch Morphs have unique Alt-Click options. See the article for details.

See Also

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