Photoshop: Is there a way to re-link linked smart-object?

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I have a bunch of grouped linked smart-objects which share the same body, but different overlay-colors (applied as clipping mask). It would be cool, if I could just duplicate those groups and re-link the overlay to a different file.

Currently it seems I need to create the clipping mask manually for every new overlay. Or is there a way to re-link the linked smart-object to a different file?
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Andy Fuchs

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Chris Cox

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Yes, "Replace Contents..."
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Andy Fuchs

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But doesn't this change the other instances of the same smart-object as well?
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So you want to break the references/instances and then replace contents? Choose Layer>Smart Objects> New Smart Object via Copy to break the reference/instances and then Replace Contents. (Note: You'll have to delete the original under the copy after you create the copy to break the references)
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It is not possible to "New Smart Object via Copy" for linked-file type layers. I brake link by copying layer to another file and then drag it back onto the same place (Ctrl+Shift+Alt).