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Flash Tutorial MX 2004 - Drop-down Menu

 

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The aim of the tutorial is to learn how to create a drop down menu that will allow you to create a navigation system. This can be used to move from one part of a Flash movie to another, or to different web pages.

 

Example: Download the Flash file  Beg 012b

 

Example of a simple drop-down menu.

Step One: Creating a Button

You will only need one button. Each instance of the button will have different text on top of the same original symbol. You will need your button to be in your Library. To do this:

  1. Go to: Insert > New Symbol
  2. For Name type: My Button
  3. For Behavior select: Button
  4. Click: OK
  5. With the Rectangle tool draw a: Rectangle
  6. If the Property Inspector is closed, open it: Window > Properties
  7. With the Selection tool double click on the rectangle.
  8. In the Property Inspector select any fill colour you may want: Fill Colour
  9. Select any: Stroke colour
  10. Select any: Stroke width
  11. For W (width) type: 120
  12. For H (height) type: 27
  13. For X position type: 0
  14. For Y position type: 0


    Settings in the Property Inspector for the rectangle in the Up frame.

  15. In the Timeline right click (Mac: Ctrl click) in the Over frame and select: Insert keyframe
  16. With the Selection tool double click on the rectangle.
  17. In the Property Inspector select a new: Fill colour


    The Over frame.

         

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