This TechNote walks you through making a pop-up menu in Flash, similar to the one shown in the example movie below.
The menu smart clip that ships with Macromedia Flash 5 provides another way to add pop-up menus to Flash movies. See Customizing the Flash 5 Menu Smart Clip (TechNote 15140) for details.
Note: Movie shown in small scale.
Download Windows source file popup_menu.fla.zip (8K)
Download Macintosh source file popup_menu.fla.sea.hqx (8K)
Follow all of the steps exactly, and refer to the images when necessary. You may wish to print out these instructions for easy reference.
- Choose Edit > Edit Movie.
The previously red button is now a transparent blue. This represents the invisible button you just created.
Note: Flash assigns this light blue color to buttons that are "invisible". Invisible buttons don't have an "Up" state, but do have a "Hit" state. Flash shows this color in the Flash editor, but renders this invisible in the finished movie.
There are many ways to create pop-up menus. An example of a Hierarchical Menu is also available from the Flash menu, under Samples > Hierarchical.
For tips on troubleshooting a Flash movie, please refer to How to Troubleshoot a Flash Movie (TechNote 14218).