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How to Create Columns in Flash CS5

Like many Adobe applications, Adobe Flash Creative Suite 5 lets you split single text areas into multiple columns and flow text between the columns. To create columns in Flash CS5, do the following:

  1. In a new or existing file, add a new layer to the timeline by choosing Insert→Timeline→Layer.

  2. Select the Text tool from the Tools panel. Make sure that the text drop-down list at the top of the Property Inspector (below the <Instance Name> field) is set to TLF Text.

  3. Click and drag on the stage to create a text box that has a fixed width and height.

    The figure shows the text box with a bounding box and handles on all four sides and corners.

  4. To adjust the size of the box, hover over a handle on any corner or side until a double arrow appears. Click and drag the handle to resize the box.

  5. Click within the box and either type or paste some text into the box.

    For best results, enter enough text until you eventually see a red plus sign appear on the out port of the box.

  6. With the Text tool still active, locate the Container and Flow options in the Property inspector.

    You should see a Columns option, already set to 1.

  7. Click and drag over the 1 to set it to 2, or double-click the 1 and enter 2 instead.

    This step creates two columns in the text box and reformats your text appropriately, as shown.

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