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Hour 13. Making Buttons for Your User to... > Task: Make a Super Simple Button

Task: Make a Super Simple Button

1.
In a new file, draw an oval or rectangle that will become your button.

2.
Choose the Arrow tool and select the entire shape.

3.
Convert this shape to a symbol by selecting the Insert, Convert to Symbol menu option (or by pressing F8).

4.
Name your symbol MyButton, make sure that you select the Button option for Behavior, and then click OK.

5.
Test your movie (by using the Control, Test Movie menu option or pressing Ctrl+Enter) and notice the way your mouse cursor changes when you place it over the button (as shown in Figure 13.1). Save this file, as we'll add to it in the next task.

Figure 13.1. Any shape can be used as a button. The user's cursor changes to a hand when it's over the shape.


It's actually possible to preview your buttons without testing the movie. You can select Control, Enable Simple Buttons; however, this feature is more trouble than it's worth. You'll have to turn it off in order to modify your button (say you want to move it, you don't want it behaving like a button). Anyway, the best way to “see” the button is to Test Movie.



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