Break Apart Object
Flash CS4 Tutorial
How to Break Apart Flash Object
The most basic object in Flash is the Merge Shape. The next step up is a Drawing Object. One more step takes you to a Symbol.
Whenever you want to drop down one level you use the Break Apart command. For instance, let's say you have a Symbol that contains a Drawing Object. If you break it apart once you have the Drawing Object. Applying the break apart command a second time converts it to a Merge Shape. For more information see topics, Merge Shape and Drawing Object.
Select the Rectangle tool (r key).
Click the Object Drawing icon (j key). It has two states, medium-gray and off-white. It should be in the medium-gray state.
Add a rectangular object to the workspace. You now have a Drawing Object.
To convert your Drawing Object to a Merge Shape choose Modify > Break Apart (Cmd/b (PC-Ctrl/b).
Breaking Apart Text
Applying the Break Apart command to a text object breaks the object into individual letters. Applying it a second time converts the letters to Merge Shapes.
Going Up a Level
If you wish to convert a Merge Shape to a Drawing Object, select the entire object and choose Modify > Combine Objects > Union.