Mouse interactions

As described in the previous section, there are plenty of ways to interact with Palapeli's puzzle table using the mouse. You can configure freely which actions are triggered by which mouse buttons. (See Game Configuration section for more information on how to configure this.) The following list summarizes all possible mouse actions:

Change size of puzzle table area by dragging its edges

By default, this action is assigned to the left mouse button.

Move pieces by dragging

When you click and drag a puzzle piece, this piece will be moved. If multiple pieces have been selected and you click and drag one of these pieces, then all pieces are moved. By default, this action is assigned to the left mouse button.

Move viewport by dragging

This action moves the view of the entire puzzle table in any direction. By default, it is assigned to the right mouse button.

Select several pieces by rubberbanding

When you click on a free area of the puzzle table instead of a puzzle piece, you can drag a rubberband. When you let the mouse button go, all pieces inside the rubberband are selected. All other pieces are deselected. By default, this action is assigned to the left mouse button.

Select several pieces by clicking

When you click on a puzzle piece, it will be selected or, if it was already selected, it will be deselected. It can also be used to adjust a rubberband selection. By default, this action is assigned to the left mouse button and only available when Ctrl is pressed.

Clear selections and highlighting

Click on an empty spot in the puzzle table or on a piece that is not already selected.

Zoom the puzzle table view in or out

This action is identical to clicking the buttons either side of the slider (3) on the status bar. It is assigned to the mouse wheel by default.

Switch to close-up or distant view

This action alternates (toggles) between a close-up and distant view, at the position of the mouse pointer. It is intended mainly to provide fast zooming in large puzzles (300 pieces or more). For more detail, see Fast zooming between close-up and distant view. By default, the action is assigned to the middle mouse button.

Teleport pieces to or from a holder

This action helps you collect, sort and move pieces rapidly in large puzzles (300 pieces or more) without dragging and dropping. You can use it in smaller puzzles if you wish. For more detail, see Using piece-holders. By default, the action is assigned to the left mouse button and only available when Shift is pressed.

Toggle lock state of the puzzle table area

This action is identical to pressing the button (5) on the status bar. By default, this action is not assigned to any mouse button, but you can enable it from the configuration dialog.

Scroll viewport horizontally and Scroll viewport vertically

By default, this action is not assigned to the mouse wheel, but you can enable it from the configuration dialog.