I've spent all day trying to accomplish a very simple task. I want to make an interactive button, with a particular shape, which, when clicked, displays some text. Could anything be simpler? But at every turn with Animate I'm forced to learn Actionscript. This is like buying a car and being given a book on automotive engineering. Seriously, is there an alternative to this piece of trash? I mean really, I can hardly believe any human being has the patience to learn this program.
why are you creating an actionscript document? are you trying to make a mobile app?
Are you just jumping into Animate and seeing what you can do?
It's actually very, very easy to create a button.
Adobe Animate User Guide > How to create buttons with Animate
There are also come great tutorials here:
From what you're described, you should just need a Button Symbol in one Frame and the text you want to display in another. I've found it helfpul to use Labels to control which Frame a button jumps to.
If you consider Animate trash and find it so problematic to use - there is other software out there. Honestly, it isn't for everyone and that is fine!