Sort and Organize Symbols in Flash CS5 - dummies

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

The symbols in your Adobe Flash Creative Suite 5 library can be sorted using any of the column headers at the top of Flash CS5’s symbol list. You can also organize symbols into folders for easier access.

You may be able to see only the Name and Linkage columns at first glance, but if you use the horizontal scroll bar at the bottom of the panel, you can see additional columns labeled Use Count, Date Modified, and Type.

To sort by any column, click the column name. If the arrow next to the column name is pointing up, the sort is descending, with the highest value at the bottom. If the arrow is pointing down, the sort is ascending, with the highest value at the top.

As with any workspace, folders can help sort an otherwise large and unwieldy group of items. You can create folders within the Library panel to sort symbols, imported images, sounds, and other assets as you see fit.

You have a number of ways to group symbols into a folder:

  1. At the bottom of the Library panel, click the New Folder icon to create a new folder.

  2. Inside the Library panel, click to select a symbol to move into a folder.

    Shift-click to select several symbols at a time.

  3. Drag the selected symbols into the new folder.

Or, follow these steps instead:

  1. In the Library panel, click to select the symbol(s) you want to group into a folder.

    Shift-click to select several symbols at a time.

  2. Right-click or Control+Click (Mac) and choose Move To from the contextual menu that appears.

  3. When the Move to Folder dialog box appears, select New Folder and enter a name for the new folder in the text field.

  4. Click Select to create a folder and group selected symbols into it.

You can also sort symbols into folders as you create them. The Convert to Symbol and New Symbol dialog boxes provide an option to sort new symbols into existing folders or to create new ones as you go.