Using Panels
The Flash Authoring Tool
Using Panels
Flash organizes drawing and authoring tools
as panels. Some panels contain tools for cre-
ating or modifying graphic elements. Others
help you organize and navigate your Flash
document. You can dock panels within the
application frame or have them  oat inde-
pendently. Youll learn to work with speci c
panels in later chapters of this book. For now,
youll learn general features of panels and
how to manage them in the workspace.
Accessing Panels
An open panel appears as a tab inside a
panel frame; the frame may appear inside a
dock in Flashs application frame or inside
a  oating window. You can group multiple
panels within one panel frame; they appear
as horizontal tabs. Clicking a tab in a group
activates that panel, making it visible in the
frame. You can also stack frames vertically
within a dock or  oating window. To manipu-
late panels, use the interface elements shown
in Figure 1.16.
Figure 1.16 Common panel-interface elements help you work effi ciently with panels. Whether panels are in fl oating
windows or docked, you can group them, stack them, and collapse them to icons to save space.
Tab bar
Grouped panel tabs Panel menu
(options for the
active panel)
Panel menu
(options for the
active panel)
Collapse to
Icons button
Tab barTitle bar
Close-panel-window button
Single-panel tab
Docked panels
Floating panel window (Mac)
Title bar
Panel menu
(options for the
active panel)
Collapse to
Icons button
Floating panel window (Windows)
Using Panels
Chapter 1
Figure 1.17
The Window menu
contains a list of the
panels in Flash.
Figure 1.18 You can close panels individually or as
groups (whether docked or fl oating). In the Tab bar
of the frame containing the panel (or panels) you
want to close, click the panel menu and choose Close
or Close Group.
Figure 1.19 Clicking the close
button on a fl oating panel window
closes the window and all its
panels, including stacked panels.
To open (or close) panels:
From the Window menu, select the
desired panel—for example, Color
(Figure 1.17).
One of the following actions takes place:
If the selected panel is closed, a frame
containing that pan