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Your Own Template

You can save any Flash document that you're working on as a template, whether it's a basic document, a slide presentation, or a form application. To save a document as a template, select File > Save as Template.

The Save as Template dialog box will appear. You will be prompted to name your template, select a category from the Category pull-down menu (or type a category title in the textbox to create your own category), and type a description. When your template has a visual element on the Stage, Flash generates a preview.

After you save the template, you can build new documents from it.

→ We'll go over this again in Chapter 8, “Laying Out your Project.”


Templates are stored in two different places, the first in the Install directory, and the second in a user-specific directory whose location is different depending on which platform you happen to be using. Flash does not have a button or menu option to open and edit a template you've already created. In OS X, user-created templates are stored in yourUserName/Library/Application Support/Macromedia/ FlashMX2004/en/Configuration/Templates. In Windows, it is in C:\Documents and Settings\yourUserName\Local Settings\Application Data\Macromedia\Flash MX 2004\en\Configuration\Templates. Local Settings is hidden by Windows by default, so you'll need to unhide folders and files.

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