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Copying Symbols

Although you can always modify the instances of a symbol on the Stage, if you need to use one variation of a symbol over and over you can make those changes to a duplicate of the original symbol.

To create a duplicate symbol:

1.
In the Library window, select the symbol you want to duplicate.

2.
From the Options menu, choose Duplicate (Figure 6.36).

Figure 6.36. From the Library's Options pop-up menu, choose Duplicate to make a copy of the selected symbol.


Flash opens the Symbol Properties dialog box, giving the duplicate symbol a default name (Figure 6.37).

Figure 6.37. The default duplicate name for a symbol in the Symbol Properties dialog box.


3.
If you want, type a new name for your symbol.

4.
Choose Graphic as the behavior for your symbol.

5.
Click OK.

Flash adds the new symbol to the library at the same level in the hierarchy as the original (Figure 6.38). The duplicate doesn't link to the original symbol in any way. You can change the duplicate without changing the original and vice versa.

Figure 6.38. Flash puts duplicated symbols at the same library level as the original.



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