Appendix B. Flash Professional CS5, Menu by Menu

Flash CS5: The Missing Manual is full of details, explanations, and examples. This appendix provides quick thumbnail descriptions of every command in every menu.


The File menu commands work on your Flash document as a whole. Use the File menu for major events, like starting a new project, opening a file you created previously, and adjusting Flash’s Publish and Preview settings.


Windows: Ctrl+N

Mac: ⌘-N

The New command opens the New Document dialog box, where you can create many different types of Flash documents. For web pages, choose Flash File (ActionScript 2.0 or ActionScript 3.0). To create Flash files that will run on phones, organizers, or other small handheld devices, use Flash File (Mobile).


Windows: Ctrl+O

Mac: ⌘-O

Opens the standard dialog box where you can navigate through your folders and open Flash files. Use the Open command to quickly find and then open files in Flash. Consider using the Browse command (described next) if you need to organize your files and perform other housekeeping chores.

Browse in Bridge

Windows: Ctrl+Alt+O

Mac: Option-⌘-O

Opens Adobe Bridge, where you can organize, preview, import, and work with all different types of graphic files. Bridge shows thumbnail animations of SWF files and previews of JPEGs and other image files. Use Bridge to edit and search through the metadata and keywords attached to your graphic files.

Open Recent

Leads to a submenu that shows a list of the last 10 Flash (.fla or .as) ...

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