How to Create a Custom Play Button for Flash

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How to Create a Custom Play Button for Flash
Add a play button to your Flash animations. (play icon. (with clipping path) image by Andrey Zyk from

Adobe Flash animations and movies will start automatically when they are opened on a web page or in a Flash viewer. Creating a custom Play button for your Adobe Flash movie or animation allows you to control when your Flash animation begins and adds a personal touch to your creation. A play button included at the beginning of your animation will utilise Adobe's ActionScript code to start the movie when you press the button.

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  1. 1

    Open the animation you want to add a button to in Adobe Flash. Press the "Add New Layer" button to add a new layer to your animation called "Buttons." Use the drawing tools to create an image for your button in the new layer.

  2. 2

    Select the image with the "Selection" tool. Press "F8" or select "Convert to Symbol" from the "Modify" menu to open the "Convert to Symbol" dialogue.

  3. 3

    Select "Button" as the "Symbol Type" and give your button a name that indicates its function, such as "PlayButton." Press "OK" to convert your image to a symbol.

  4. 4

    Press the "Add New Layer" button to add a new layer to your animation called "Actions." Select the keyframe in the first frame of the "Actions" layer. Select "Actions" from the "Window" menu to open the "Script" pane.

  5. 5

    Type "Stop();" into the script pane and press "Enter" twice. Type the following code into the "Script" pane:

    function start Movie(event:MouseEvent):void {; }

  6. 6

    Press "Enter" twice after entering the above code and add the following line of code to the "Script" window:

    PlayButton.addEventListener(MouseEvent.CLICK, start Movie);

  7. 7

    Save the changes to your animation. Test your animation by selecting "Test Movie" from the "Control" menu. Press the "Play" button to begin your animation.

Tips and warnings

  • You can create additional buttons, such as "Pause," "Rewind" and "Restart" by learning Adobe ActionScript and adding additional code to the "Script" pane.
  • Save your work frequently to avoid losing data.

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