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There are a number of objects in a file I've been working on for a long time that have this setup I don't understand. They show as being on all layers but they are one object. They can be edited, so they aren't objects linked from another file.

example object showing how layer menu shows it is on all layers

I must have done this months ago but I can't recall how or why, and I'd like to change it. What is this setup and how do I get rid of it?

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    $\begingroup$ An object can belong to any arbitrary number of layers at the same time. Press M to bring up the Move to Layer menu to change them. Holding Shift while clicking the layer buttons adds to multiple layers $\endgroup$ – Duarte Farrajota Ramos Jul 19 '18 at 15:12
  • $\begingroup$ @batFINGER yep. How do you find these things? This wasn't imported, i think maybe i intentionally did it for some editing reason and then forgot to undo it, and then forgot how i even did it. :P $\endgroup$ – kim holder wants Monica back Jul 19 '18 at 21:22
  • $\begingroup$ Have wondered re exactly the same question, as I have come across this too, and am dead sure I never bothered to set all layers to true deliberately. Could be a bit of "fail-safe" code in an addon to make sure ob is on whatever layer, or some key combo. $\endgroup$ – batFINGER Jul 19 '18 at 21:27
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Any object can be on any amount of layers at the same time by pressing Shift when selecting the layers in the popup that appears after pressing M in Object Mode.

Just press M again to move the object to the desired layer.

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