VirtualMV/Flash12 (CS6)/Journal/Scroll Box

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By the end of this exercises you should be able to:

  • Add a scrolling text box to the stage

Note: If you have difficulties check out possible issues listed in the Troubleshooting page.

Scrolling text

Text is an important part of any multimedia presentation be it CD-ROM or Web based. But if you have too much it can be difficult to format a page particularly if you have a screen based layout and do not want to scroll off the bottom of the screen. In this case we often place the text in a scrolling text box. This page guides you through creating a scrolling text box.

In this task you will create a basic scrolling text box (shown).

Fla10 Txt ScrollBox00.png

To add a scrolling text box:

1. Copy jnlText.fla to jnlTextScroll.fla and open the new file in Flash.

.. the diagram below illustrates the following steps ...

Fla10 Txt ScrollBox01.png

2. Add a new Layer (ScrollBoxTxt) (1).

3. With frame 1 of ScrollBoxTxt layer selected, click on the Text Tool (2)

4. The Text Tool Properties should be displayed in the Properties Panel (3). (If the text tool had been previously selected Frame properties may be displayed. Click on another tool then click on the text tool to bring back the text tool properties).

5. In Properties check and change if required:

  • Check the text type is Dynamic (4)
  • Single Line to Multiline (5) (You may need to click on the triangle in front of PARAGRAPH to expand the properties)
  • (Also check some of the other properties to ensure the other settings are reasonable)

6. Click on the stage and enter some text (6). You can use [Enter] at the end of lines.

7. Add a box around the text (7). Click on “Show border around Text” button, in the CHARACTER Panel.

8. Make the text area scrollable by,

  • changing to the selection tool
  • Make sure the text area is selected and use the menus (Text>Scrollable), or
  • Right click and check scrollable, or
  • Shift-double-click the lower-right handle on the dynamic text field. The handle will turn from an unfilled square (non-scrollable) to a filled square (scrollable).
Fla10 Txt ScrollBox02.png

9. Now you can resize the text area (so not all the text is showing

Finally add the Scroll control by

10. Select Window > Components (or Ctrl+F7)and Open the user Interface folder

11. Drag the UIScrollBar (UI= User Interface) onto the text area just created. A light blue placeholder will be added to the right of text area.

Fla10 Txt ScrollBox03.png

(Note: If this does not happen, and the scrollbar seems to be not-binding to the text box, run the video and see if the scrollbar affects the textbox anyway; some users have found this to be the case.)

12. Add some more text into the area and it should scroll up the screen

13. Finally Test the Movie ([Ctrl]+[Enter]). You should have a working text box.

Watch on YouTube

(2014)Flash CS6 - Adding a Scrolling text box

YouTube: (2014)Flash CS6 - Adding a Scrolling text box
Flash CS6 - Adding a Scrolling text box (2014) [1] [2 min]

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  1. Flash CS6 - Adding a Scrolling text box (2009) Retrieved July 26, 2009 from

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