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Chapter 5. Graphics on Multiple Layers > Controlling Layers via the Dialog Box

Controlling Layers via the Dialog Box

Layer properties are the parameters that define the look and function of a layer. You can name layers. You can hide or show layers, lock them to prevent any editing of their contents, and view them in outline form. Flash generally gives you two ways to control each property: set properties in the Layer Properties dialog box or set them via button controls located on the Timeline. Selecting a property in the dialog box doesn't offer any more permanence than setting it on the Timeline, however. Two functions available in the Layer Properties dialog box that lack button equivalents are creating plain guide layers and changing the height of the layer in Timeline view.

To work with the Layer Properties dialog box:

1.
From the Modify menu, choose Layer.

The Layer Properties dialog box appears (Figure 5.7).

Figure 5.7. You can define a layer's type in the Layer Properties dialog box.


2.
Name the layer or set other layer properties or both as described in the following sections.

3.
Click OK.

Flash applies all the selected settings to the current layer.


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