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Chapter 3. Modifying Simple Graphics > Repositioning Elements Numerically

Repositioning Elements Numerically

Flash allows you to reposition a selection numerically by specifying a precise Stage location in x and y coordinates. You can enter the x and y coordinates in either the Shape Property Inspector or the Info panel.

To reposition an element via the Shape Property Inspector:

1.
With the Property Inspector open, on the Stage, select an element.

The coordinates for the element’s current position appear in the x and y fields of the Shape Property Inspector (Figure 3.22).

Figure 3.22. With a shape selected on the Stage, the Property Inspector reveals attributes of that shape, including the x and y coordinates of the shape’s bounding box. This element is located 1 inch to the right along the horizontal axis and 3 inches down the vertical axis.


2.
To position the element, do one of the following:

  • Enter a new x coordinate for the element’s position along the horizontal axis.

  • Enter a new y coordinate for the element’s position along the vertical axis.

    Flash changes the element’s horizontal position as soon as you click the y field.

3.
Press Enter to confirm the new y coordinate value.

The element moves to its new position (Figure 3.23).

Figure 3.23. Changing the x and y coordinates in the Shape Property Inspector changes the location of the selected element. This arrow is now located 2 inches to the right along the horizontal axis and 2.5 inches down the vertical axis.



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