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In this chapter, we're going to create a new project from scratch. I'm going to use the Create New Blank Project button that's on my Welcome screen. If your Welcome screen isn't visible or if you have another project already open, you can do this under the File menu. Choose File > New Project and then Blank Project. Go ahead and create the new project now, either from the Welcome screen or from the File menu. We need to set the pixel dimensions of our project. The Size menu has a number of common sizes.
If this is the first time you've created a new project, yours probably says 640 x 480. Please choose 800 x 600 now. You can also enter in custom dimensions here under Width and Height. You may find that you're creating projects that have sizes that aren't in that list, but you're going to be creating projects of that size frequently. If you have a particular mobile device that you're working with, or other type of screen that's in odd dimension, then you might want to create a custom menu item. Let's do that now.
Click Customize and we're going to create a new custom project size entry that will appear in our menu. Click on Name and type "My Custom Project." We'll leave the Dimensions at 800 x 600. Once you've typed that, click Save. Now click OK. Look in your menu now. You'll see that your custom project is at the top of the list. As you add custom project sizes, they will appear at the top of the list in alphabetical order.
To remove a custom project size from the list, simply click Customize again. There you can select your custom project you want to remove and click Delete. When you're finished, click OK. Now that we've set the dimensions for our project, click OK. I'd like to be able to view the entire stage and so I need to choose my Best Fit view. I can do that by using Ctrl+0 on a Windows computer, or Command+0 on a Macintosh. Now, I can see my entire stage.
Now that we've created our new project, it's time to save it. From the File menu, choose Save. I'm going to save this in the Project folder, in the Chapter 03 folder, in your Exercise Files folder. For me, it happens to be on my Desktop, but it will be wherever you've chosen to put it. We'll call it "Chapter 03." If you're on a Macintosh, you have the choice to hide the extension. It's a best practice not to hide the extension because if you choose to share this file with a Windows user, they won't be able to use it if you don't have the extension on the file.
Therefore, I always make sure to show the extension when I'm creating new Captivate files. Now that I've typed my file name, and I've got my extension showing, I'll click Save.
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