How to Duplicate a Symbol in Adobe Animate

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In Brief...

Symbols in Adobe Animate can be graphics, buttons, or movie clips, which are stored in the Library Panel. This helps keep file size down because if a symbol is used more than once, the information about that object isn't repeated with every instance. If you need a new symbol that is very similar to one that already exists, the existing symbol can be duplicated and then modified. To duplicate a symbol in Animate, follow these three steps.

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  1. If the Library Panel is not on the Panel Dock, go to Window > Library.
    Window Menu
  2. Select the symbol in the Library Panel, then right-click (PC) / Control-click (Mac) on it and choose Duplicate.
    Library Panel
  3. Name the symbol as desired in the next dialog box and click OK.
    Duplicate Symbol Dialog Box

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Author: Kate Cahill

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