How to Prevent Flash Animations From Looping


Some Flash programs are set up to automatically loop animations, so that they repeat in a continuous cycle. If you do not want your Flash animations to play in a continuous loop, you can disable the looping function so that the Flash animation plays only once and then stops. You can stop the looping function on the movie itself or just stop the looping in the file that you want to upload onto a web page. The methods of stopping the looping function in Macromedia Flash is similar to that used in most other Flash programs.

Things You'll Need

  • Macromedia Flash

Stop the Loop in the Movie

  • Open the Flash software and open your Flash animation. The open function in most Flash programs is found under the “File” menu.

  • Add an additional layer to the Flash timeline if there is not already an extra layer. Go to the “Insert” menu and choose “Timeline” and “Layer.”

  • Click on the last frame in the Flash timeline to select the individual frame. Go to the “Window” menu and click “Actions” to display the “Actions - Frame” window.

  • Put the cursor in the “Script” pane and type “// Stops the playhead at Frame 1". Press “Enter” to go to the next line in the pane and type “stop () ;”.

  • Save the Flash animation by going to the “File” menu and choosing “Save.” Enter a name for the file and select a folder where the file will save if you haven’t done so already.

Stop the Loop Just for a Web Page

  • Go to “File” and select “Publish Settings.” Click on the “HTML” settings in the “Publish Settings” window.

  • Click in the box next to “Loop” to remove the checkmark. Click the “OK” button to make the setting take effect.

  • Publish the Flash movie by going to the “File” menu and selecting the “Publish” option. A version of the Flash movie without the looping function is saved to the hard drive. This version can be uploaded to a website and the Flash animation will play only once and then stop automatically.

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