createTextField STILL Returns Squat

Ok, maybe it’s my fault. I usually push for feature requests once I feel I’ve reached the comfort plateu with the current version of Flash. However, I severely dropped the ball on this one, so I urge you now to please help me rectify the situation.

Please, add a request to the <a href=”″>Flash wish-list</a> for Macromedia to implement a return value for createTextField, that value being the text field just created; similiar to attachMovie/createEmptyMovieClip/mc.duplicateMovieClip.

This is frikin’ ridiculous, and I don’t know how it slipped past in this version of Flash as there, I thought, were many of us befuddled by it in 6. Maybe that was it… a minor annoyance, but not as profound as right click. At any rate, let’s not wait for Flash 9 before this is rectified, please!

<a href=”″>Wish</a>!

4 Replies to “createTextField STILL Returns Squat”

  1. I agree that this is something Macromedia should fix but in the meantime here’s some code that might help you get by:

    MovieClip.prototype.oldCreateTextField = MovieClip.prototype.createTextField;
    MovieClip.prototype.createTextField = function(name, depth, x, y, width, height){
    this.oldCreateTextField(name, depth, x, y, width, height);
    return this[name];
    var myTF = createTextField(“Cow”, 10, 50, 50, 100, 20);
    myTF.text = “moo”;

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