Balsamiq Community Discussion

Create symbol from single element?


Hi there,

I’d like to create a text based symbol I can insert onto every mockup page.

I’d like it to be a symbol so that if I change the text it will change on every page.

I can’t seem to create a symbol out of a single element though. Can they only be created from grouped elements?

If so, am I going about this the right way?



Hi @RobinHood,

Thanks for getting in touch about this.

You can actually create a symbol out of a single element by following these steps: group the control > make a symbol out of the group

Hope this helps! Please let us know if you need anything else.


Ahh, thank you!

I didn’t think to try and group it, as there was nothing to group, what with being a single element. I was looking for a way to do it directly from the properties box on the right of the screen or the right click menu.

Cheers :slight_smile:


Also, what program do you use to make those gif videos? It’s really good!


We usually use this one @RobinHood, very handy!