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While copying and pasting frames has been possible for a long time in Flash, CS5.5 adds the option to copy and paste layers as well. One of the reasons you might want to use this feature is because maybe your main Timeline is a little cluttered. I feel like my Timeline's cluttered in here; I have ten or so layers that are all part of the background. So I have my foreground layer, the bear layer, and then everything else is just on its own layer, and I'd like it to be a little bit more organized in that, so I want to put all of it into a movie clip.
So to do that, I am going to select the eyes layer which is the top of my background layers, and then Shift+ click the sky layer, so I have all of those layers selected, and then I am going to Ctrl+click any of the layers. So I'll right-click there, and then I'll choose Cut layers. Then I'll create a new symbol by choosing Insert > New Symbol. I'll call this one bg, click OK, right- click layer 1, and choose Paste layers.
Now, here if you want to you can delete layer 1; so I'll do that, and then go back to Scene 1. Now I'll create a new layer and I'll call it bg, and then I'll click and drag the background layer onto there, move it into place, and that's it. Now my timeline's more organized. So by simply right-clicking the layer, you can now copy and paste layers in Flash.
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