Thanks to Benjer, I've got my app stacking buttons correctly, and the instances trigger correctly. I've got one last issue I can't figure out. In each instance of my button movie I have a little text field that has a number in it. My instances are name 1 though 18. They are a number. Using this.myNumber.text = this._name; in the rollOver and rollOut, the number correctly display (the numbers are the instance names) But the numbers (instance names) display only when rolled over or off. I want them to appear when the movie loads. My problem seems to be that when I attempt to address the particular object in this way _root.1.myNumber (where '1' is the name of instance of my button-movie clip) Flash chokes. It seems that a number is a bad choice for instance names, but I'm locked in it now. How can I set the text.value of a box that is embedded in an instance, or rather, what is an alternate way of addressing the object so that I may set it's value when the move clip loads? Thanks.