weird. all of the sudden all of my symbols are no longer clickable to be able to enter the symbol editor and edit in place.
BUT I can right click and edit in place.
You know how the hit area of symbols generally shows on the stage as a light blue/grey transparent area? I don't see that. If i use the select tool to select the place where I know the button is, it shows up as a clear box (no blue/grey transaprent area), which, likewise, is not clickable.
What happened? Ay ideas appreciated
edit: sorry forgot to mention, Flash CS5
Here is the messed up version of the file. The blue bounded box is the hit area of a rollover button. I cannot double click to edit in place, nor can I click and drag with my mouse. BUT I can edit in place by right clicking and using the context menu. And I can change the position of the box using the directional arrows on my keyboard
Here is what it used to look like until today. It has the normal blue shading that buttons and other symbols have on the stage.
Note that this is not just a problem for this one symbol -- it's all of the symbols in the new version of the file I am working on today. I must have done something to "lock" all symbols. I have no idea what.
one more possible clue. buttons in the flash file itself are acting like they do in the executable (swf). I.e., when I rollover buttons **on the flash file stage**, what happens is that the rollover state is activated. In other words, in the above pictured example, when I RO the blue box the definition shows! In other words the buttons are active on the stage itself!
I guess there must be some kind of live viewing mode that I have entered accidentally.
I figured it out! I somehow activated the "enable simple buttons" mode. I think it was when I tried to use the key combo for bold (shift-cmd-B in mac OS) and hit the key combo for "enable simple buttons" (cntrl-cmd-B) by accident.
So this is solved, and now I am going into my preferences and deleting this cntrl-cmd-B key combo
I checked everything I could and wasn't able to reproduce the problem and was about to post my defeat. Your mention in the other posting of the button behaving like a button on the stage is all I needed to hear for a light to go on.
thanks for your help! yeh, I must have seen the button behaving like a button on the stage previously, but it didn't click (pun intended) that this was unusual until just about the same moment that your light must have gone on.
Another thing you can do that makes this irrelevant is to add a keyboard shortcut for "Edit in place." This is really handy for lots of reasons, such as if the object you are trying to edit is behind something else or has no content on frame 1 (or you have the Text tool selected). I use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-Alt-Shift-E.