In the world today users will take for granted the ability to use the tab key on the keyboard to navigate between text fields in a form. In Flash you are building dialog boxes from shapes and TextFields so it can't guess how you want the tabs to be controlled. Luckily, you are given total control over this because text fields have the properties tabIndex and tabEnabled.
Tab index – This is an integer that basically allows you to put this text field in a list relative to all the other fields. The first one we should have a tabIndex of one, the second tabIndex of two, and so on. So suppose now you have the text field with tab index of one selected (which for TextFields just means that there is a cursor blinking inside of it). Then pressing tab will move your cursor to the TextField with index two. If you press tab again when the selection is on the text field the highest index then the list will loop back around, and the one that has index one will be selected.
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