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Modifying Grid and Guide Settings

The need for grids and guides varies depending upon the type of document you are working on. They are useful for aligning text and graphics to interface elements and are an invaluable tool for creating a well composed and proportioned layout. Every project is different and has different requirements, so Flash allows the display, behavior, and characteristics of guides and grids to be altered to fit your needs. They are only visible in the Flash development environment, and are not exported in the Flash movie.

Modify Grid

  • circle1.jpg Click the View menu, point to Grid, and then click Edit Grid.
  • circle2.jpg Click the Color popup, and then click a grid line color.
  • circle3.jpg Select or clear the Show Grid check box to show or hide grid.
  • circle4.jpg Select or clear the Snap To Grid check box to enable or disable snapping.
  • circle5.jpg Enter values for horizontal and vertical dimensions for the grid lines.
  • circle6.jpg Click the Snap Accuracy popup, and then select a level of sensitivity for snapping to the grid. Select from Must Be Close, Normal, Can Be Distant, and Always Snap.
  • circle7.jpg To make the current grid settings the default for new Flash files, click the Save Default button.
  • circle8.jpg Click OK.

Modify Guides

  • circle1.jpg Click the View menu, point to Guides, and then click Edit Guides.
  • circle2.jpg Click the Color popup, and then click a guide line color.
  • circle3.jpg Select or clear the Show Guides check box to show or hide guides.
  • circle4.jpg Select or clear the Snap To Guides check box to enable or disable snapping.
  • circle5.jpg Select or clear the Lock Guides check box to enable or disable editing of guides.
  • circle6.jpg Click the Snap Accuracy popup, and then select a level of sensitivity for snapping to the guides. Select from Must Be Close, Normal, Can Be Distant.
  • circle7.jpg To remove all guides from the active scene, click Clear All.
  • circle8.jpg To make the current guides the default guides for new Flash files, click Save Default.
  • circle9.jpg Click OK.
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