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Chapter 2. Working Within the Flash Environment > Setting General Preferences

Setting General Preferences

Flash allows to set general preferences to customize the way you work in the program. Some of the preferences allow you to specify the number of undo levels, enable multiple selection, show tooltips, disable Timeline window docking, enable span-based selection in the Timeline, make the first frame of each scene in a document a named anchor, select a highlight color, and select a font to use when substituting missing fonts. You can also specify what you want to display or open when you launch Flash.

Set General Preferences

Click the Flash (Professional) (Mac) or Edit (Win) menu, and then click Preferences.

Click the General tab.

Select from the following options:

  • Undo Levels. Enter a value from 2 to 9999 to set the number of undo/redo levels. The default level is 100.

  • Printing Options (Win). Select the Disable Postscript check box if you have problems printing to a postscript printer.

  • Shift Select. Select or clear this check box to control the selection of multiple elements.

  • Disable Panel Docking (Win). Select this check box to disable or enable panel docking.

  • Show Tooltips. Select this check box to display tooltips when the pointer points to a button or control.

  • Disable Timeline Docking. Select this check box to keep the Timeline from attaching to the program window.

  • Span Based Selection. Select this check box to use span-based selection instead of frame-based selection.

  • Named Anchor On Scene. Select this check box to make the first frame of each scene in a document a named anchor.

  • Highlight Color. Select the Use This Color option, and then select a color, or select the Use Layer Color option to use the current layer's outline color.

  • Font Mapping Default. Click the popup, and then select a font to use when substituting missing fonts.

  • On Launch. Select an option to specify which document Flash opens when you start the program.

    • Show Start Page. Displays the Start Page.

    • New Document. Displays a new blank document.

    • Last Documents Open. Opens the documents that were open when you quit Flash.

    • No Document. Displays no document.

Click OK.


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