Editing Symbols Flash

Because every instance of a symbol is a copy of the original, any edit applied to that original is applied to every instance. There are several ways to edit a symbol.

Editing a symbol in Symbol Editing Mode
On the Stage, select an instance of the symbol that you want to edit, and then do one of the following:

  1. Choose Edit➪Edit Selected from the Edit Menu.
  2. Right-click (Ctrl+click) the instance and choose Edit (or Edit in Place) from the contextual pop-up menu.
  3. Double-click the instance on stage.
  4. Select a symbol from the Library, right-click (Ctrl+click) and choose Properties, and then click the Edit button in the Symbol Properties dialog, as shown below.

Click the Edit button in the Symbol Properties dialog to open Symbol Editing Mode (shown behind).

Edit button in the Symbol Properties dialog to open Symbol Editing Mode (shown behind).

Editing a symbol in a new window
This method is useful if you want to quickly open a new window to work in. When editing in a new window, the movie remains open and available. You can switch between these windows by choosing from the Window menu. Or, you can divide the workspace between both windows by choosing Window➪Arrange All.

  1. Select an instance on the Stage of the symbol that you want to edit.
  2. Then right-click (Ctrl+click) the instance, and select Edit In New Window from the contextual pop-up menu.

Editing a symbol in place
Edit in Place Mode is very useful. The advantage is that, rather than opening the Symbol Editing Mode, you simply edit your symbol in context with the surrounding movie. Everything else on the stage is visible, but dimmed out. To do this:

  1. Select an instance of the symbol that you want to edit.
  2. Right-click (Ctrl-click) the instance and select Edit In Place from the contextual pop-up menu.

Editing symbols from the Library
You might not have an instance of your symbol available to select for editing, but you can still edit it. Just edit it from the library.

  1. Open your movie’s library with Window➪Library (Command+L or Ctrl+L) from the Main Menu.
  2. Select the symbol that you want to edit and do one of the following:
    • Double-click the symbol.
    • Right-click (Ctrl+click) and select Edit from the contextual pop-up menu.
  3. Flash switches to Symbol Editing mode. Edit your symbol any way you want.

Returning to the movie after editing a symbol
After you’ve edited your symbol, you’ll want to go back to the movie to make sure that your changes work properly. Just do one of the following:

  • Select Edit➪Edit Movie (Command+M or Ctrl+M) from the Main Menu.
  • Select the scene name in the left corner of the timeline as shown in Figure below.
  • Select the scene name to return to editing the movie.

    Select the scene name to return to editing the movie.


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