Flash CS4 Tutorial
How to Replace a Flash Symbol with a New Symbol
Replacing a symbol on the stage with another symbol in the Library is simple with the Swap button. In this example we will create two symbols and then swap the contents.
Add a text object of the letter A to the stage.
With the A selected, press F8 (Modify > Convert to Symbol).
In the dialog box, name your symbol (letterA) and choose Movie clip for the symbol type.
Add a second text object of the letter B on the stage.
With the B selected, press F8 (Modify > Convert to Symbol).
In the dialog box, name your symbol (letterB) and choose Movie clip for the symbol type.
Both the Library and Stage should have two symbols, letterA and letterB.
Select letterA on the stage and open the Properties panel. Click the Swap button.
Choose letterB from the dialog box and the content is swapped.
Handy with Templates
If you are working on a project that has a basic layout with several variations (i.e., multiple slide shows) this technique is quite useful.
Swapping Symbol Types
The best practice is to stay with the same symbol type when swapping. In other words swap buttons with buttons, movies with movies and graphic symbols with graphic symbols.