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Chapter 19. Adding and Modifying Data Co... > Using the Component Inspector

Using the Component Inspector

The Component Inspector panel represents the focus of control for most of Flash’s components. After you add an instance of a component to a Flash document, you can use the Component Inspector panel to set and view information for the instance. You can drag a component from the Components panel to the Stage, and then give the component a unique instance name, using the Property Inspector.

Once a component and instance name are established, you can use the Component Inspector panel to set and modify parameters for that particular instance. Parameters represent the instance’s appearance and behavior. Parameters that appear in the Component Inspector panel are known as authoring parameters. Authoring parameters represent common things such as the label attached to a Button component, or items displayed when using the MenuBar component. There are other parameters that can be set using ActionScript. In addition, authoring parameters can also be set with ActionScript. If you set a parameter using ActionScript, it will override any value set while authoring. Each Flash component has its own unique set of parameters.


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