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Opening and Editing Symbols

When you select a Symbol in the Visual Editor, it is offset by a purple border and a label that says Symbol. Because Symbols are identical and receive their updates from a single source Symbol, you have to make changes to that source Symbol in order to see the effects in all the instances of that Symbol.

To edit a basic Symbol, modify the source Symbol and publish. When you publish changes to a Symbol, Builder immediately updates all instances of that Symbol. For example, if you edit your header Symbol and publish, anywhere you use that header Symbol updates automatically.

The following video explains how to open and edit Symbols, and the steps are outlined below the video.

Opening a Symbol from a page

On a page that contains your Symbol, select the Symbol:

  1. Click the Edit button.
  2. Click the Edit Symbol button.

This opens the Symbol where you can make edits.

Opening a Symbol directly

An alternative to opening a Symbol from a page is to open it directly:

  1. On the Content page, select Symbol on the left.
  2. Select your Symbol from the list that displays on the right.

This opens the Symbol where you can make edits.

Editing a Symbol

Editing a Symbol is the same as editing non-Symbol blocks. For example, you can use the Insert tab to drag in new blocks, change the look on the Style tab, and bind data on the Data tab.

Make sure you've opened the Symbol with one of the methods above. When you're done, select the Publish button to immediately update all instances of the Symbol in your app.

Editing Symbols in this way applies changes to all instances of a Symbol. If you want to create Symbols that contain parts that team members can edit while maintaining design integrity, check out Making Symbols editable.

Next steps

For more information on using Symbols, check out the following articles:


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