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Creating the drag window button

Making the whole window draggable.

Step 12 :

Open Movie Clip window, create a new layer above layer top and rename it to drag window and insert a blank keyframe at frame 1. Create the shape of the drag area (which should be the same shape as the title bar minus the part of minimise/close). Select the shape and turn it into a button by clicking Insert-Convert to symbol, select Button and name it drag window. Open drag window and move the keyframe which contains the shape to the Hit-state frame (so that it won't show up). It should look like this:

Now go back to Movie Clip window and select drag window button. Turn it into a Movie Clip by clicking Insert-Convert to symbol, select Movie Clip and name it drag window mc. Open drag window mc and select the button drag window. Add the following actionscript to the button

on (press, dragOver) {
    startDrag (_parent);
on (release, releaseOutside) {
    stopDrag ();

Movie Clip window should look like this (notice the shape of the drag-area - the light green/blue part):

Test your Movie to see if you can window is dragable.

» Level Intermediate

Added: 2001-01-25
Rating: 8 Votes: 123
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» Author
Patrick Jansen is a freelance flash-, graphic- and webdesigner. Born in Holland, currently residential in Brazil. Worked for the compagnies Lectric b.v. ( and NIC b.v. (
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