Discovering the Flash CS3 Menus

By Ellen Finkelstein, Gurdy Leete

Part of Flash CS3 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

In Flash CS3, most drawing functions are available only in the Tools panel. Almost every other function in Flash is on a menu somewhere — you just need to find it. Here’s an overview of the menus.

Menu What It Does
Flash (Mac only) Enables you to set preferences, create keyboard
shortcuts, and quit Flash.
File Enables you to open and close files; save files; import and
export files; print; publish movies for the web; revert to a
previous version of the file; send a movie via e-mail, and quit
Flash.
Edit Provides commands that let you undo and redo actions; cut,
copy, and paste to and from the Clipboard; delete, duplicate,
select, and deselect objects; find and replace; copy and paste
entire frames and motions on the Timeline; edit symbols; set
preferences (Windows only); customize the Tools panel; and create
keyboard shortcuts for commands (Windows only).
View Helps you get a better view by letting you zoom in and out;
show or hide the ruler, grid, and guides; and specify snapping
preferences for objects for easy placement.
Insert Enables you to insert symbols; insert and delete Timeline
features, such as frames and keyframes; insert layers; add Timeline
effects; and add scenes.
Modify Helps you modify symbols, bitmaps, shapes, frames, Timeline
features and effects, scenes, or the entire movie (called the
document). Offers tools for transforming, aligning,
grouping, and ungrouping objects, arranging and aligning objects,
and breaking objects apart.
Text Enables you to format text and check spelling.
Commands Enables you to reuse and manage saved commands. A command is
any action that you take in Flash, such as drawing or editing
objects. You can save commands from the History panel.
Control Provides options that let you control the playing of movies;
test movies and scenes; engage certain interactive functions; and
mute sounds.
Debug Provides tools for debugging ActionScript code.
Window Enables you to open lots of things, including a duplicate
window, panels that help you control objects, the Library, windows
for creating interactive controls, workspaces, and the Movie
Explorer.
Help Comes to the rescue when you need help. You can find a wide
variety of resources in this new version, including Adobe online
forums.