Are you double-click happy?
I find that one of the worst UI (User Interface) things ever devised is the double click. I can't begin to tell you how many people I train or see working who struggle with single and double clicking. In reality, if you get it right, there is plenty of functionality that exists in Illustrator that can make your life easier with the double click. In this post specifically, I'd like to focus on two such areas in Illustrator:
1. With the Selection or Direct-Selection tool selected, double-clicking on a text object will automatically switch to the Type tool and place your cursor within the text, allowing you to edit the text.
2. With the Selection or Direct-Selection tool selected, double-clicking on a group activates group isolation mode.
I look at myself as being a pretty good Illustrator user (blush), and feel the same way about many other graphics applications. Yet, I always find myself falling into one of the two cases mentioned above accidentally. I select a text object to move it and then try to drag it and suddenly I'm editing the text. And my inner voice is saying "stupid Illustrator, I don't want to edit the text, I want to MOVE it. And the same applies when I want to move a group. Although instead of the group moving, I get the gray box around my group, indicating I've isolated the group instead.
Turns out that in reality, you're supposed to click and drag in one step and motion. Unlike feeble old me, who selects first, and then clicks and drags. I guess I'm old school. In either way, the problem is worse when I use my track pad on my PowerBook. You figure that AI has so many preferences, that surely, there's a preference for this as well, but alas, there is not. And so, I will continue to double click and become frustrated.