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Moving Around with the Hand Tool

At certain magnifications, parts of the Stage may not be viewable. Use the Hand tool to quickly move to different parts of the Stage without having to change the magnification level. The Stage is the active area of your movie, the only area that will be visible in the exported Flash movie. The gray area around the Stage is the Work Area. The Hand tool allows you to easily access artwork or other objects contained in this space if you are doing detailed work at high levels of magnification.

Move the Stage View

  1. Click the Hand tool in the Toolbar.

    The pointer becomes a small hand that moves the entire Stage revealing other parts of the Stage as you drag.


Pressing the space bar temporarily changes the active tool to the Hand tool. Continue holding as you drag.

  1. Click and drag the Stage to move the view.

Figure 3.24Figure 3.24

Did You Know?

You can turn off the visibility of the Work Area (the gray space around the Stage) and quickly change the View scale to 100 percent. Toggle the Work Area option in the View menu or use the keyboard shortcut Command+Shift+W (Mac) or Ctrl+Shift+W (Win). This is a great way to temporarily see what is viewable in the exported Flash file (.swf) when you are working with large images that extend past the Stage boundaries.

For Your Information

Using the Work Area

It is important to remember that even though only the objects and artwork on the Stage are visible in the exported movie, Flash still includes objects that are located in the Work Area. They might not be visible, but they contribute to the overall file size. It is a good idea to clean up your files before exporting the final movie. You can clean up by removing any artwork outside the boundaries of the Stage or by putting them on a guide layer.

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