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If you want to control a button beyond its normal behaviors in AS2, then you'll need to create the button as a movieclip and assign actionscript to have it behave like the button you expect it to be. Similar to a button symbol, you will have different content in different frames for the different states, but you will need to create code to control which frame the button goes to for particular interactions.
Therein lies the rub.. I'm not HUGELY great at writing AS2, I can cobble together a masterpiece, but I can't conjure it up with my stubby wee fingers. Any pointers on where I could mooch code like that from?
There is a whole bunch of stuff you can mooch from a Google search, much of which was created specifically for the mooching. Try searching Google using "AS2 movieclips as buttons" and if you throw "tutorial" into the mix you may find stuff specifcally made to help you learn how to do it.