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Chapter 20. Automating Your Work > Saving Steps and Using Commands

Saving Steps and Using Commands

The History panel records the steps you take in the order in which you performed them in Flash. If you perform the same set of steps several times while you work on a document, you can save the steps in the History panel as a command on the Commands menu, which you can reuse again and again. Flash stores the commands you save for future use (even if you close the document). Some steps, including selecting a frame or modifying a document size, can't be saved as commands, but they can be undone and redone. If a red X appears in the icon for a step, it indicates Flash cannot save or replay the step. After you save steps as a command, you can run, rename, or delete commands.

Save Steps as a Command

Open or expand the History panel.

Select the steps you want to save.

Click the Save As Command button in the History panel.

Enter a name for the command.

Click OK.

The command is available on the Commands menu and saved as a JavaScript file with the extension .jsfl in the Commands folder, which is located in Macromedia\Flash MX 2004\First Run\.

When you're done, click the Close button on the History panel.


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