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Creating The Buttons

To create a checkbox or switch of some kind, we need to create a two frame movie clip, one for each state. To do this, choose Insert > New Symbol, name it and select the Movie Clip behaviour. The Movie clip editing screen will now appear. Here insert two keyframes on the layer, one in frame one and the other in frame two. Now in each frame create a button to reflect a state. For information regarding Building buttons check out the tutorial. In the example, I used red for off and green for on. Now some of you are probably asking "But why don't you use a graphic?" Good question, I use a button because it gives me the ability to interact with the mouse - a crucial function for this operation.

Select the button and choose Modify > Instance. Select the actions tab and give the buttons the following actions. This will drive the switching between states.

Frame One:
On (Release)
	Go to and Play (2)
	// on mouse click turn switch on
End On
Frame Two:
On (Release)
	Go to and Play (1)
	// on mouse click turn switch off
End On
» Level Basic

Added: 2000-03-31
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Eddie is one of the principles of the niche information and technology firm, Caddy Fusion Group. He is also the co-author of a up and coming Flash book and the former Content Editor of
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