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Custom Panel Sets

You can dock several panels together to create your own custom panel sets. In the next exercise, you create a custom panel set for working with ActionScript. By default, the Actions panel and Movie Explorer appear on the same panel set. There are two other panels that you use frequently when you write ActionScript: Instance and Frames. You’ll add these two panels to the current Actions panel and save your new panel set so that you can use it later.

Exercise 2.2 Creating a Custom Panel Set

To create a custom panel set for working with ActionScript, you essentially drag and drop.

1.
Open a new Flash file, and open your Actions panel (Window > Actions). Notice that the Movie Explorer and the Actions panel are docked together on the same panel set.

2.
Open the Instance panel (Window > Panels > Instance). You’ll dock this panel with the other two panels in the Actions panel.

3.
Undock the Instance panel from its current panel set by clicking the tab located on the Instance panel. Drag the Instance panel away from the set. You have to click the tab—the part that looks like a folder tab—to get this to work. To dock the Instance panel to the Actions panel set, drag the Instance panel by its tab and drop it next to the Object Actions tab. (See Figure 2.6.)

Figure 2.6. Click and drag a tab to reconfigure the panel sets to suit your needs.


Note

When you dock panels together, the tabs appear in the order in which they are docked. If you are particular about your tab order, you can pull the panels apart and redock them in a sequence that reflects the order in which you want your tabs to appear.

4.
Open the Frame panel (Window > Panels > Frame). Dock this panel with the others in the Actions panel set.

5.
Close all open panels except for the Actions panel.

6.
You want to save this panel set so that you can recall it at any time. To do so, choose Window > Save Panel Layout from the Main menu.

7.
In the Save Panel Layout dialog box, give your new panel set the name ActionScript, and then click OK.


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