Adobe Flash

Change your view of the Stage

You can change your view of the Stage without affecting the actual Stage size of your document.

In the Stage View text box, above the right side of the Stage, enter 500%. Then press Enter (Windows) or Return (Macintosh).

Your view of the Stage enlarges to 500%.

In the Stage View pop-up menu, which you access by clicking the control to the right of the text box, select 100% to view the Stage in dimensions that correspond to the size of the published Flash content.

View the Library panel

Flash content that you import or that is a symbol is stored in your Library panel. To learn more about symbols and instances, select Help > Flash Tutorials > Basic Tasks: Create Symbols and Instances.

  • To view the Library panel, select Window > Library.

    We've already imported library items and created symbols for objects that you'll use in this lesson.


Flash also contains a library of buttons that you can use in your document. To view this library, after taking this lesson, select Window > Common Libraries and select the Buttons library.

Add graphics to the Stage

To add library items to your document, you verify that you're adding the object to the correct layer, and then drag the item from the Library panel to the Stage.

In the Timeline, click the Content layer name to select that layer. With the Selection tool selected, drag the Title movie clip, which contains a bitmap image and vector graphic, from the Library panel to the Stage and align it on top of the gray bar at the top of the Stage that contains the word Title.

In Flash, you can work with bitmap images, which describe graphics using pixels, and vector art, which uses mathematical representation to describe art. For more information, see "About vector and bitmap graphics" in Flash Help.

With the Content layer still selected, drag the text symbol from the Library panel to Stage, and align it with the Trio ZX2004 text that's already in place as a guide. You can use your keyboard arrow keys to nudge the text into place.

The title text is actually a graphic created from text.