How to Arrange Flash Scenes

By William Harrel

In Adobe Flash, a leading application development and animation program, you can separate content into individual scenes. Scenes allow you to break your content and information flow into logical sections. The advantage of using scenes is that they allow you to create somewhat lengthy movies without having to work with long and cumbersome timelines. After you've created a movie with multiple scenes, you can rearrange the scenes -- move them around to change the information flow -- from Flash's Scene panel.

Things You'll Need

  • Adobe Flash CS2 or later

Create a New Scene in Flash

Step 1

Open an existing Flash movie FLA file in Flash: Click the "File" menu, and choose "Open." This displays the Open dialog box. Navigate to the file, select it, then click the "Open" button.

Step 2

Click the "Window" menu, choose "Other Panels," then select "Scene." This opens the Scene panel.

Step 3

Click the "Add Scene" button in the lower-left corner of the Scene panel. Flash adds a new scene named "Scene 2." To rename the new scene, double-click the scene name and type the name for your new scene. Flash creates a new scene with an empty stage and timeline. You can now create the content for your new scene as you would any new Flash movie.

Arrange Multiple Scenes in Flash

Step 1

Open an existing Flash movie FLA file containing multiple scenes in Flash: Click the "File" menu, and choose "Open." This displays the Open dialog box. Navigate to the file, select it, then click the "Open" button.

Step 2

Click the "Window" menu, choose "Other Panels," then select "Scene." This opens the Scene panel. The Scene panel displays the scenes in the order they will play. You can rearrange the scenes by changing the order of scenes in the list.

Step 3

Click and hold the mouse button on the scene you want to move, and drag the scene to its new location in the list. As you drag, Flash displays a green line above the scene name, indicating the new location for the scene. When the green line displays in the location where you want to move the scene, release the mouse button.

Step 4

Repeat step four until you have rearranged the scenes as desired.

Step 5

Hold the CTRL button on your keyboard and press Enter to test the movie.

Tips & Warnings

  • To duplicate a scene, select it and click the "Duplicate Scene" button in the lower-left corner of the Scene panel.
  • To delete a scene, select it and click the "Delete Scene" button, a trashcan icon, in the lower-left corner of the Scene panel.
  • Deleting scenes is permanent. If you delete a scene, then save the movie, there's no way to retrieve the deleted scene. You should make a backup copy of your movie before deleting scenes.