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Editing Groups

Although you transform a group as a whole (scale, rotate, and skew it), you can't directly edit the individual shapes within the group, the way that you can an ungrouped shape. To edit the shapes within a group, you must use the Edit Selected command.

To edit the contents of a group:

1.
In the Toolbox, select the arrow tool.

2.
On the Stage, select the group you want to edit.

3.
From the Edit menu, choose Edit Selected.

Flash enters group-editing mode (Figure 4.26). The word group appears in the top-left corner of the document window to indicate that you are no longer in regular movie-editing mode. The bounding box for the selected group disappears, and Flash dims all the items on the Stage that are not part of the selected group. These dimmed items are not editable; they merely provide context for editing the selected group.

Figure 4.26. These eyes and eyebrows are a selected group that's being edited. The other objects on the Stage are grayed out to indicate that you can't edit them.


To return to movie-editing mode:

Do one of the following:

  • Double-click the Stage or the work area away from the shapes in the group you're editing.

  • Click the current scene name in the top-left corner of the document window.

Tip

With the arrow tool selected, you can enter group-editing mode quickly by double-clicking a grouped item on the Stage.


Tip

If in addition to returning to movie-editing mode, you want to work on a different scene, you can simply choose it from the pop-up list of scenes in the top-right corner of the document window. Flash takes you to the new scene in movie-editing mode. (To learn more about scenes, see Chapter 11.)


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