How to Edit Flash .FLA Files

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How to Edit Flash .FLA Files
Adobe Flash helps users to create high-end animations and cartoons. (cartoon snowman image by Stephen Coleman from

Adobe Flash is a high-end animation and Web development software package that allows users to create everything from animated advertisements to sophisticated cartoons. This commercial software is the only approved method of editing a .fla file. It is a proprietary format that was created by Adobe to be used specifically for the Flash software. Users of Flash need not worry, however. Opening and editing .fla files is a straightforward process that is similar to opening files in any other Windows program.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Microsoft Windows
  • Adobe Flash Professional
  • .FLA file

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  1. 1

    Left-click on "Start" and then "All Programs."

  2. 2

    Left-click on the "Adobe Design Premium" entry in the start menu and then left-click on "Adobe Flash Professional."

  3. 3

    Left-click on "File" and then left-click on "Open" when the software loads.

  4. 4

    Find the .fla file that you want to work on by using the Windows GUI. If the document is in "My Documents," for instance, click on the "My documents" icon.

  5. 5

    Double-left click on the appropriate file.

  6. 6

    Left-click on the "Library" tab, which is in the large panel to the right of the document, to see all the document's active objects at a glance. To edit these objects, left-click on any of them to make them active within the document.

  7. 7

    Left-click on the "Properties" tab in the same panel to view the document's properties. Left-click on the "Edit" button to edit the document's format and the way that it interacts with HTML content.

  8. 8

    Left-click on the "Insert" menu to insert new objects into the Adobe Flash document or to make changes to the time line.

Tips and warnings

  • Adobe Flash has an interactive help menu that you can access by left-clicking on "Help" and then "Flash Help."
  • Give your file a new name and version number every time you edit it; otherwise, you may inadvertently erase your only copy of the file in the future.

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