26 July 2010
Whenever you want to modify an object, you first have to select it. You can select objects with the pointer (also known as the Selection tool), Subselection tool, and Lasso tools. You can group individual objects in order to manipulate them as a single object. When you select objects or strokes, they are highlighted with a marquee.
The Selection tool in Adobe Flash Professional enables you to select entire objects by clicking an object or dragging to enclose the object within a rectangular selection marquee.
Note: To choose the Selection tool, you can also press the V key. To temporarily switch to the Selection tool when another tool is active, hold down the Control key (Windows) or Command key (Mac OS).
To disable the Shift-selecting option, deselect the option in the Flash general preferences.
You must completely enclose instances, groups, and type blocks in order to select them.
Here's what you can do with the Selection tool:
Note: If you want to lock or unlock a group or symbol, select the group or symbol and then select Modify > Arrange > Lock. Select Modify > Arrange > Unlock All to unlock all of the currently locked groups and symbols.
To learn more about working with the Selection tool, see the section titled Selecting objects in the Flash documentation.