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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, 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.

  • 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.

  • Script Assist. Script assist () provides a visual interface for editing scripts that includes automatic syntax completion and parameter descriptions.

  • Help. Provides online help.



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