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This chapter is from the book

Working with Panels

Panels are windows that allow you to view, organize, and change elements and related options in a document. In Flash, you work with several panel windows at one time. Instead of continually moving, resizing, or opening and closing windows, you can collapse or expand individual panels within a window with a single click to save space. A panel appears with a header, which includes the tab titles and three accessibility options: the Minimize/Maximize button, the Close button, and an Options menu. The entire set of panels includes a double arrow you can use the collapse and expand the entire panel between icons with text and full panels. You use the Minimize/Maximize button to collapse or expand panels. The Options menu provides you with panel specific commands, including group, rename, maximize, close a panel, and use the Help system.

Open and Close a Panel

  1. Click the Window menu.
  2. Click a panel name, such as Properties, Files, History, or CSS Styles.

Collapse and Expand a Panel

  1. To collapse or expand an open panel, click the header bar or double-click the title tab on the header bar of the panel.

Use the Panel Options Menu

  1. Open or expand a panel.
  2. Click the Options menu on the right side of the panel header bar.
  3. Click a command from the list (commands vary). Common commands include:
    • Help. Accesses Flash Help.
    • Close. Closes the currently displayed tab in the panel.
    • Close Group. Closes all the tabs in the panel.
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