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Chapter 2. Creating Simple Graphics > Using the Text Tool

Using the Text Tool

The text tool lets you control all sorts of text attributes, including text and paragraph styles.

To create a single line of text for use as a graphic element:

In the Toolbox, select the text tool, or press T (Figure 2.50).

Figure 2.50. Select the text tool in the Toolbox to start creating text fields on the Stage.

For this task, use the current settings for type and paragraph styles. You learn to change these settings in upcoming tasks.

Move the pointer over the Stage.

The pointer turns into a crosshair with a letter A in the bottom-right corner (Figure 2.51).

Figure 2.51. The text tool pointer.

Click the Stage in the spot where you want your text to start.

Flash creates a text box containing a blinking insertion point, ready for you to enter text (Figure 2.52).

Figure 2.52. The round resize handle indicates that the text box does not have word wrap turned on.

Start typing to enter your text.

The text box grows to accommodate whatever you type (Figure 2.53).

Figure 2.53. As you continue to enter text, the text box grows horizontally to accommodate it. The text will not wrap.

When you finish typing, click elsewhere on the Stage (if you want to create another piece of text) or change tools.

Flash hides the text box, leaving just the text visible. When you select another tool, Flash selects the text box automatically so that you can reposition it or change its attributes directly.



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