Please help with basic questions

I hardly ever use flash, as i'm always ending up kicking
stuff out of sheer frustration. Just like with Quark Xpress, in
Flash there seem to be several 'layers' between what my intuition
tells me should work, and the actual execution of the things i want
to achieve. But nevermind, I'm just severely annoyed.
I got 10 buttons, with a graphic as bottomlayer, and a number
(1-10). Isn't it possible to turn the first button into a symbol,
and then make copies where i just have to change the number? For
now it doesn't matter if i copy/paste them or drag them from the
library, when i copy the button and try to change the number in the
copy, then the number in the 'original' changes as well.
Do i really have to 'make' each button from scratch?
This might seem like a very basic question, but i'm really
bangin my head into the wall here. And theres tons og issues like
that in Flash - for me at least - like if i say 'paste in place',
things get pasted some random place on the canvas (anywhere but in
place). If i convert to symbol, the referencepoint (or the point
which it's supposed to rotate around) seems randomly choosen as
well - at least it's never where i told it to be in the appropriate
dialog.
HELP! :-(

Go to the library and there should be an arrow in the corner
that gives you options. One option is "duplicate symbol." Duplicate
your button and give it a new name, then make the changes.

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