Distributing to Layers
Flash CS4 Tutorial
How to Distribute Multiple Objects from a Single Layer to Several Individual Flash Layers
By Distributing to Layers you can quickly take several objects from a single layer and create multiple layers with one object per layer. One application might be several letters that you wish to animate independently.
Click frame one in a new Flash document.
Using the Text tool (t key), add a Static text object to the stage.
Select the text and choose Modify > Break Apart (Cmd/b (PC - Ctrl/b).
With all the letters still selected, choose Modify > Timeline > Distribute to Layers. Each new layer contains one letter.