type = 'application/x-shockwave-flash'
data = 'http://sitepointstatic.com/flash/mousepos.swf'
width = '400'
height = '400'
bgcolor = 'black'
>

Download the sample files here.

1. Create a movieclip from any object.

2. Give the movieclip instance a name – I used "drag".

3. Create two text fields give them variable names xtxt and ytxt.

4. Go to the drag movieclip timeline.

5. Create 2 keyframes as shown below:

1065_tool2

6.In the first key frame use the action:

startDrag ("/drag", true);  
/:xtxt = getProperty("/drag",_x);  
/:ytxt = getProperty("/drag",_y);

7. In the second key frame use the action:

gotoAndPlay (1); 

8. Bravo! You have made your own cool mouse position detector.

Georgina Laidlaw
Georgina has more than fifteen years' experience writing and editing for web, print and voice. With a background in marketing and a passion for words, the time Georgina spent with companies like Sausage Software and sitepoint.com cemented her lasting interest in the media, persuasion, and communications culture.

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