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Positioning Graphic Elements

If you aren't happy with the position of an element, you can always move it. You can position elements visually by dragging them around on the Stage with the selection tool. You can also position a selection numerically by specifying a precise Stage location in x- and y-coordinates. You can enter the x- and y-coordinates in either the (Shape) Property inspector or the Info panel.

To reposition an element via the Property inspector

  1. With the Properties tab of the Property inspector open, on the Stage, select an element on the Stage.

    The coordinates for the element's current position of the element's registration point appear in the x and y fields in the Properties tab, and a label—for example, Oval Primitive—appears, identifying the type of element selected (Figure 4.22).

    Figure 4.22

    Figure 4.22 With an element selected on the Stage, the Properties tab of the Property inspector reveals attributes of a selected element, including the x- and y-coordinates of the registration point. This drawing-object is located ½ inch to the right along the horizontal axis and ¼ inch down the vertical axis.

  2. To position the element, do one or both of the following:
    • Enter a new x-coordinate for the element's position along the horizontal axis.
    • Enter a new y-coordinate for the element's position along the vertical axis.
  3. Press Enter to confirm the last coordinate value you entered.

    Whenever you tab to or click another field, or press Enter, Flash confirms your change, and the element moves to its new position (Figure 4.23).

    Figure 4.23

    Figure 4.23 Changing the x- and y-coordinates in the Properties tab of the Property inspector changes the location of a selected element. This arrow is now located 1 inch to the right along the horizontal axis and ¾ inch down the vertical axis.

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