I'm using Inkscape 0.91 and opened the Object > Symbols menu to use the various icons. When I try to convert a symbol to a path, nothing happens. How can I edit paths on symbols?

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    Why is it necessary to separate questions about theory and implementation? Those two aspects benefit from each other and the tagging system on stack exchange allows clean separation anyway. May 8, 2015 at 14:34
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The symbol is like a clone: select the symbol and Edit > Clone > Unlink Clone (Shift+Alt+D), and you have a group, ungroup (Object > Ungroup, or Shift+Ctrl+G) and edit.

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