It sounds like you're working with Fireworks 4. I just want to make sure I'm
referring to the right geography, in terms of the interface <smile>.
For Effects to be applied, in general, you have to have an object selected
on the canvas.
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"Shashay Doofray" <ShashayDoofray> wrote in message
news:bff24m$eemmk$1ID-177524.news.uni-berlin.de...> Help please....
> I installed Fireworks today and was trying to take the tutorial when I
> discovered that my "effects" panel is not working.
> The other panels such as fill and stroke have a pulldown list when I click
> on the down arrow. But the down arrow on the effects panel is muted and
> there is nothing there.
> I have tried to "locate plug-ins" but when I go to the "presets" folder
> under configuration, there is nothing there.
> I am at wits end. I don't know what to do to fix this. Can anyone help?