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Chapter 15. Using Basic ActionScripts > Viewing the Actions Panel

Viewing the Actions Panel

The Action panel is where the Flash designer gains control of a Flash document, by allowing you to create and edit actions for an object or frame. To use the Actions panel, first select an object on the stage, or select a frame on the Timeline, then click the Window menu, point to Development Panels, and then click Actions. Scripts can be typed directly into the Actions panel using the Script pane, or augmented by using a list of installed Actions in the Toolbox.

  • Toolbox. Supplies a list of all installed actions, organized into a folder.

  • Script pane. Enter the Actions into the Script pane.

  • Script Navigator pane. Gives reference to all the Scripts in the active movie.

  • Current Script tag. Indicates which script is being edited.

  • Pin Script. Adds a tab for a selected script.

  • Options menu. Contains options that control and format the Actions panel.

  • Reference. Provides online help.

  • Add Statement. Lets you add script elements to the current action.

  • Find, and Find and Replace. Searches the active script.

  • Insert Target Path. Inserts a specific target clip into the action.

  • Check Syntax. Checks the current action for syntax errors.

  • Auto Format. Cleans up the script by auto indenting.

  • Show Code Hint. Gives you hints to the syntax of the action, as you type.

  • Debug Options. Let's you add or remove breakpoints into the action, which causes Flash to pause on the specified line of code.

  • View Options. Gives you formatting options on how the scripts appear in the Script pane, such as: line numbers, and word wrap.



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