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How to Use the Templates and Symbols Element (Formerly Content Template)

What are (Content) Templates and Symbols?

The most important advantage of a "Template" or a "Symbol" is that you can save certain elements that you have customized and re-use them later, on the same page or on different pages, without having to customize them all over again. 

What is the difference between them?

If you are not sure whether you should save your element as a "Template" or a "Symbol", check out the differences between them:

Although, both of them are saved the same way, the difference lies within the way you can use them on other pages.

Let’s say you have saved a "Template" and you load it on ten different pages. The changes you make on one of the pages will not be applied to the rest of the pages, where the "Template" can be found. The modification will only affect the instance/page you have applied it too.

However, if you do the same thing with a "Symbol", meaning that first you save an element as a "Symbol" and then, you load it on ten different pages. After that, you apply changes to it on one of the pages. Those changes will be visible on all ten pages where the "Symbol" was used on.

As a conclusion: "Symbols" are synchronized (change one and all of its instances will change as well), while "Templates" are not synchronized (need to be customized on every instance).

How to Save a (Content) Template or Symbol

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The way to save a "Template" or a "Symbol" (=a globally updated template) is simple.

Select the element (or the container of the elements) you want to save as a "Template" or a "Symbol" and click on the "Save" option (folder icon), which is the second option in the upper right corner of the element.

This will open a pop-up where you can select either "Template" or "Symbol". Choose one of these tabs based on how you want to save your element and then, follow the necessary steps.

Give a name to the element you are about to save and if you wish, add it to a category to make it easier to find when you will have more templates/symbols saved.

When you are done, simply click on “Save” and the element will be saved, either as a normal template or as a symbol.

If you would like to know how other features and elements work in Thrive Architect, check out our tutorials.

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