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Find Who and Replace What Now?

Ever find yourself in a situation in which you need to find every instance of something in Flash and replace it with something else? Well, perhaps not. But wouldn't it be nice to know you could do this easily if you needed to?

TIP

Choose Edit > Find and Replace to open the Find and Replace dialog box. From there, you can locate and replace text, fonts, symbols, sounds, video clips, bitmaps, and even color. Yes—color.

Here's how it's done:

  1. Draw a circle and a box on the Stage, and convert them to symbols called circle and box. Leave them both on the Stage.

  2. Choose Edit > Find and Replace.

  3. In the dialog box shown in Figure 2, choose Current Scene from the Search In menu.

  4. Choose Symbol from the For menu.

  5. Choose Box from the Name menu. This command will locate all instances of the box symbol.

  6. Choose circle from the Replace With menu.

  7. Click Replace All.

That was pretty painless, huh? Let's move on. I've got one more tip left for you.

Figure 2Figure 2 Replacing boxes with circles is exciting stuff.

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