Swapping One Symbol Instance for Another
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Figure 7.26 The Swap button in the Property inspector
lets you replace a selected symbol instance with an
instance of a different symbol from the same document.
Figure 7.27 Select a replacement symbol from the list
in the Swap Symbol dialog, and click OK to exchange
one symbol for another.
Swapping One Symbol
Instance for Another
Flash lets you replace one symbol instance
with another while retaining all the modi ca-
tions you’ve made in the symbol instance.
If, for example, you want to change the look
of a logo in certain places in your site but not
everywhere, you can create the new logo as
a separate symbol and swap it in as needed.
(To change the look for every instance, edit
the master logo symbol directly, as you learn
to do in “Editing Master Symbols,” later in the
chapter.) You can perform symbol swap-
ping via menu command or in the Property
inspector (Figure 7.26).
To switch symbols:
1.
On the Stage, select the symbol instance
you want to change.
2. Do either of the following:
Choose Modify > Symbol > Swap
Symbol
In the Property inspector, click the
Swap button.
e Swap Symbol dialog appears, listing
all the symbols in the current documents
library (Figure 7.27). Flash highlights the
name of the symbol youre modifying. In
Windows, Flash places a bullet next to the
name in the Symbol list.
Swap
button
Original
symbol
Replacement
symbol
Original
symbol
Duplicate
Symbol
button
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Before swapping: mouse scaled and rotated
After swapping: scaling and rotation applied to cat
Figure 7.28 When you swap symbols, any
modifi cations you have made for the selected
instance you’re swapping apply to the replacement
instance.
3.
From the Symbol list, select the replace-
ment symbol.
In Windows, the original symbol remains
bulleted; Flash highlights the new symbol
and places it in the preview window.
4.
Click OK.
Flash places the new symbol on the Stage,
locating the new symbol where the old
one was located and applying any modi-
c