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About the Stage

The Stage is the area containing all the graphic elements that make up a Flash movie. Think of it as being the screen on which you will project your movie. At your local movie house, the screen is whatever size the management could afford to buy for the available space. In Flash, you control how big the screen is, and what color it is, through the Document Properties dialog box. You can also set some document properties in the Property Inspector. You’ll learn more about using the Property Inspector later in this chapter.

To access the Document Properties dialog box:

Do one of the following:

  • From the Modify menu, choose Document; or press -J (Mac) or Ctrl-J (Windows).

  • In the Timeline’s status bar, double-click the frame-rate display (Figure 1.12).

    Figure 1.12. Double-clicking the frame-rate box in the status bar is a quick way to access the Document Properties dialog box.



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