Copy existing symbol not working for me

" Modify an existing symbol

A very efficient way of getting to this symbol is to copy the generic opamp symbol from the Device lib. This is done by right-clicking onto the symbol name in the tree view and selecting copy from the context menu. Next right click onto our library name and select Paste symbol."

This is not working for me.
View-Symbol Library browser
Choose 74xx, then Right-click on 74hc164
I expected a context menu. I get nothing.

Where did I go wrong?

I am trying to make a 74HC164 into a 74HC66

I think your tutorial is good.

A list of headings form the doc at the top would allow one to jump to the para of interest, instead of have to page thru:grinning:

what is your kicad version? help -> about -> copy version info

5.1.5(3) xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

You are in the symbol editor right? And you click in the tree view that is on the lift side right?

Application: Eeschema
Version: (5.1.5)-3, release build
wxWidgets 3.0.4
libcurl/7.66.0 OpenSSL/1.1.1d (Schannel) zlib/1.2.11 brotli/1.0.7 libidn2/2.2.0 libpsl/0.21.0 (+libidn2/2.1.1) nghttp2/1.39.2
Platform: Windows 8 (build 9200), 64-bit edition, 64 bit, Little endian, wxMSW
Build Info:
wxWidgets: 3.0.4 (wchar_t,wx containers,compatible with 2.8)
Boost: 1.71.0
OpenCASCADE Community Edition: 6.9.1
Curl: 7.66.0
Compiler: GCC 9.2.0 with C++ ABI 1013

Build settings:

As per my outline above

Has 3 panes, 74xx, 74HC164, then symbol drawing

The library browser is only for looking not for editing. Use the treeview on the left side of the symbol editor (opened via the main window). If the treeview is not there use the bottom most button on the left to show it.

I’ll try that. Just having lunch now.

Thanks for help!

I used KiCad - Tools - Edit Schematic Symbols
Then 74xx, 7&4HC164 and 74HC164 has context menu now



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In the context menu, I just used ‘Save a copy as …’


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