At 09:42 PM 12/18/2002 -0500, you wrote: Yes, I rock. Truly. I figured this one out. The correct syntax to use when an instance's name is a number is such: _root.myObject.myProperty = myValue Could it be that flash deals with the objects in an array? I betcha. >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.