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Duplicating Elements

If you weren't already aware of Flash's built-in copy machine, you will be now. With Flash, there's no reason to create a graphic more than once. Take, for example, columns on a building or stars in the sky: Since they all look pretty much the same, you can draw just one and then make duplicates. Same thing with symbols: Once you've placed a symbol instance on the stage, you don't need to continue dragging instances from the library window. You can create as many duplicates of an element as you wish; you can even make duplicates of duplicates.

To duplicate elements:

1.
Select the element(s) on the stage that you wish to duplicate.

2.
Choose Edit > Duplicate, or press Control-D (Windows) or Command-D (Macintosh).

A duplicate of your element will appear on stage, offset slightly from the original.

Tip

A quicker way to duplicate an element is to hold down the Control key (Windows) or Option key (Macintosh), place you cursor over the element, and click and drag a duplicate to any point on the stage.


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