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Question - when copying from one file to another there is the option of select "Paste Remember Layers" which will keep the same layer names in file you are pasting to as what is in the file you are copying from. But I want to be able to paste the sub-layers as well. Instead, Illustrator takes the top level layer and pastes everything to that layer. Is there any way around this, short of changing all sublayers to layers in my original files?

We are using CS5 on a PC.

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Question - when copying from one file to another there is the option of select "Paste Remember Layers" which will keep the same layer names in file you are pasting to as what is in the file you are copying from. But I want to be able to paste the sub-layers as well. Instead, Illustrator takes the top level layer and pastes everything to that layer. Is there any way around this, short of changing all sublayers to layers in my original files?

We are using CS5 on a PC.

BTW - a suggestion to the forum admins - can we break the software section in the forum down into different software categories such as Illustrator, ArcGIS, etc.? It would make it easier to browse through relevant postings.


Is your original groups or sublayers? Why would you mention changing all sublayers to layers in the original files? Sublayers are layers.

If they are in fact layers/sublayers in the original, then it sounds like an issue with CS5. I do this all the time in CS4/PC w/o any hitches. The only thing that I will loose are groupings.

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I reproduce this "bug" every version from cs to cs3, so it's not just a matter of cs5. I already posted about that at cartotalk some time ago and didn't find any productive answer. Right know while exporting from manifold to Illustrator I'm trying to keep everything at major level till I'm sure nothing is going to change in my map.

Why would you mention changing all sublayers to layers in the original files?


Don't know about Rudie's cases but in mine I export a lot of layers from manifold, so to keep the structure inside manifold I subgroup them often ( I often copy many sheets with the same layers structure to one Illustrator file and then stylize it at once) and come to original file of each map - while doing that I lerned not to subplayer till everything is back into right files.

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Why would you mention changing all sublayers to layers in the original files? Sublayers are layers.
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If I made all the sublayers, layers in my original file, then copied everything over, the layers are retained. If I have layers and sublayers in my original file, the sublayers tend to disappear . . . although I just did such a copy and paste and the sublayers were retained. But I can't recall doing anything differently.

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I notice that when you copy everything in a sublayer, Illustrator remembers the sublayer and pastes both the main layer and sublayer. But if you are only copying a portion of the objects from a layer, it only remembers the main layer. Annoying, but my solution is sometimes to copy everything in the sublayer, paste, then eliminate what I don't want, or I create a new sublayer with the same name with only the objects I want to copy.

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I notice that when you copy everything in a sublayer, Illustrator remembers the sublayer and pastes both the main layer and sublayer. But if you are only copying a portion of the objects from a layer, it only remembers the main layer. Annoying, but my solution is sometimes to copy everything in the sublayer, paste, then eliminate what I don't want, or I create a new sublayer with the same name with only the objects I want to copy.

You're right. When you copy everything, the sulayers are remembered. When you only copy some elements, the sublayers don't get carried over. Weird. Thanks.

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Solution, drag the layer or sub-layer to where you want it and hold down the ctrl-key when you drop it. That will copy the selection.
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Solution, drag the layer or sub-layer to where you want it and hold down the ctrl-key when you drop it. That will copy the selection.

That works between files as well?

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Solution, drag the layer or sub-layer to where you want it and hold down the ctrl-key when you drop it. That will copy the selection.

That works between files as well?



On a Mac it's the "alt"-key, not "ctrl", I think. "Ctrl" does what the right mouse button does on a PC. But I don't think this works between files.
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no, one can't do that between files...
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