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Chapter 5. Working with Text > Creating Static Text

Creating Static Text

Static text refers to any text field that isn't dynamic or input text. It's generally used for displaying information or for animation. Text created in Flash is editable, which means that you can continue to change it after it is created. This includes changing its attributes as well as the textual content (the letters it contains). The Text tool creates an editable text box wherever you touch down on the Stage. Flash will keep the text on a single line until you hit the Return key. If you need a text box with a predefined width, you can create a text box before you start typing. The entered text will automatically wrap relative to the boundaries of the box and any formatting settings you've applied. To re-enter an existing text box to change the text, simply double-click any character in the Text box or click it with the Text tool to activate it and make it ready to edit.

Create Static Text

Click the Text tool in the Toolbar.

The pointer becomes a crosshair with a small "A" in the corner.

TIMESAVER Press T to quickly select the Text tool.

Click the Stage where you want your text box to begin.

Begin typing in the box that appears.

When you're finished, click anywhere on the Stage outside the text field.


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