I'm about two weeks into Flash and I'm not quite sure what do you mean by _root level. I'm in good shape because I'm also a Java J2EE developer, but decided to try something more graphic, and Flash surely does that. However, there are a few things of ActionScript that still baffle me (i.e. _root). I know this question belongs to a Flash discussion board, but since I got the script to work, I'm just wondering how in the world my variables were in _root level...any help is much appreciated.