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• Symbol is duplicate when "copy-paste" a design, why?

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Aug 10, 2017

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Hello -

To make it easier & faster (when I have to make some change), I work a lot with symbol

But I noticed, that when I "copy-paste" a design (including one of the symbol), well Illustrator is duplicating the symbol into the symbols "palette"?

Why?  What's the point?

At the end, I got a file with tens of occurrences of the exactly same symbol…  😕

Any help is welcome…

Enjoy your day.

- Dimitri

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• Symbol is duplicate when "copy-paste" a design, why?

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Hello -

To make it easier & faster (when I have to make some change), I work a lot with symbol

But I noticed, that when I "copy-paste" a design (including one of the symbol), well Illustrator is duplicating the symbol into the symbols "palette"?

Why?  What's the point?

At the end, I got a file with tens of occurrences of the exactly same symbol…  😕

Any help is welcome…

Enjoy your day.

- Dimitri

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 10, 2017

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Which version, which system?

Is this an older file?

Ho is the symbol set up? Which options?

Is there perhaps a nested symbol in it?

Do you have any extensions installed in your system that enhance the clipboard?

Can you share a demo file?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 10, 2017

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This used to be a bug in older versions of Illustrator if the symbol contained at least one raster image.

You can avoid the unwanted duplication by Alt dragging the symbol instance to duplicate instead of copy and paste.

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