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Components turning into frames

July 3, 2018 at 3:51pm
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Components turning into frames

July 3, 2018 at 3:51pm (Edited 3 years ago)
Hi Everyone,
here is my issue: I have a global component. When I copy paste it to create an instance everything is fine. But when I try to copy paste the instance of the global component, it turns into a frame :/
Please let me know if i'm making a mistake or missing some kind of trick!
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July 23, 2018 at 4:49pm
can this be related with using the "Figma Desktop App beta testing"?
This is a known bug that we have logged and are working on a fix. We're hoping to get to this soon. Thanks for all of the reports. :)
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August 6, 2018 at 12:17pm
Any update? ETA? Anything? This is seriously impacting our workflow, not in a positive way.
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Hey Denis, unfortunately this is quite a complicated issue. We're working through some possible interim solutions, but overall this fix will take some time. With that being said it is something we're actively working on.
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August 16, 2018 at 8:05pm

August 17, 2018 at 10:23am
I'm not sure whether I have the latest version or not (the linked document does not say which version it is related to and both Figma and Figma Beta are saying that I have the most up to date version), but the issue is still present.

August 28, 2018 at 6:44pm
Any updates?

August 29, 2018 at 4:12am
As mentioned right above that comment, it wasn't.

September 6, 2018 at 5:50am
Will this ever get fixed?
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September 6, 2018 at 1:10pm
its been working fine for me!
Ahh I totally get how frustrating it is. It really gets in the way. I wonder why you're still having the issue after the update
Hmm I spoke too soon. Complicated components are still falling apart in some random cases

November 6, 2018 at 4:45am
Just wanted to pitch in that this bug still exists today.
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November 21, 2018 at 4:27pm
Still exists today this is really crucial an easily breaks design systems. Since dragging a component with alt + mouse will duplicate it properly this should also be the case when copying something with cmd+c+v. Please :begging: this has to be fixed soon :)
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I've also reported it via various channels, to various people, but I eventually gave up. I was always referred back to the release note that is saying it has been fixed, even though it wasn't. Shame really :)
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November 22, 2018 at 6:13pm
This is also screwing up my design system right now. Please please fix this.

November 23, 2018 at 1:24am
I'm having this issue as well. It is hard to move forward on designs when you know the components aren't going to be created. I have 2 choices 1)stop designing now, or 2)redo everything later.
Is there a work around in the meantime?
the only workaround is not to copy / paste components (in a design tool 😅) and rather you have to drag the symbol from the side panel every time 😔
I guess the main difficulty is at Figma's "restore master component". When a component is turned into frame, user may not be able to restore it from instance?
Not really, or I might have a problem understanding what you mean exactly 🤔 The problem is in the various topic discussing this issue, people are looking into edge cases (like cutting a symbol, not just copying etc). But the problem is, that it does not work in the very basic flow. You have a component which has a component inside it. This is stored in a library. If you use the parent component in another file, and you try to copy the nested component from it, it automatically gets turned into a frame. It is very easy to replicate.
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December 13, 2018 at 9:15pm
I'm still having this problem. Nested instances are still turning into frames or getting disconnected when I detach instance of parent component. Is team aware of this still being a problem?
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