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I'd like to create a reusable symbol for things like this:

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or

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I can change their shape and color - and I can change the color of just one with the direct selection tool - but I can't change the text independently. I want the symbol to share the shapes and spacing and the text size - etc - but not the text value.

Is this possible? None of the examples online use text.

EDIT: I've found this note since posting:

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    You can't, but a possible work around is to group text with a symbol. Then duplicate the group as required. The text and symbols will then remain editable separately. – Billy Kerr Sep 23 at 10:40
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Unfortunately, I don't believe you'll be able to use symbols for the very reason that you found in the Symbols section of Adobe's website.

Have you tried using the Libraries functionality yet in Illustrator? You can drag your grouped object into the library to create a linked asset that is similar to a symbol. From there, you can right-click the asset and select "Place Copy". This will give you an editable version that will not change the linked asset.

In case you want to learn more about libraries in Illustrator

Hope this helps you out!

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