How do you edit the circuit symbol and pcb shape of a part in Fritzing?

I want to edit a "1x6 SMD header" part to only have 3 pins, so I effectively just need to "chop off" half the part.

If I right-click on the 1x6 part and select "Edit", it opens the part editor, but the editor doesn't appear to let me edit much. The only thing I seem to be able to do is delete pads and tweak some meta data, but the overall shape of the part is read-only.

All the tutorials and guides I've found through Google describe how to create a part from scratch, which I don't want to do.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Fritzing is a very crude, practically useless program that should simply be avoided. There is nothing to gain by using it instead of a real design package like Eagle or KiCAD. It has minimal functionality, is downright ugly, and cannot convey the information required to do much of anything with it. My recommendation is to learn how to use Eagle. Avoid Fritzing like the plague. \$\endgroup\$ – DerStrom8 Aug 11 '17 at 19:21
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    \$\begingroup\$ 1) Speed is only a nicety in PCB design, and its importance is greatly overshadowed by having the ability to create clean, accurate, and readable full-featured designs that anyone with any electronics experience can follow. Fritzing has none of these. 2) Calling a tool "terrible" simply because you're having trouble learning how to use it is immature and irrational. I was a beginner when I first started using it and it was not at all unusable, you simply had to stick with it. \$\endgroup\$ – DerStrom8 Aug 11 '17 at 21:38
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    \$\begingroup\$ 3) My hatred of Fritzing is not remotely irrational and is shared by countless others, not only here at EESE but also in the professional and hobbyist electronics field. 4) Once again, claiming that Eagle isn't a "good tool" just because you can't seem to learn it is ridiculous, and only makes you look like an idiot. \$\endgroup\$ – DerStrom8 Aug 11 '17 at 21:38
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    \$\begingroup\$ 5) My comment is helpful, though you have simply decided to ignore my advice. Think of it this way: You're standing on a cliff and you want to jump. I tell you not to but you argue that it's the fastest way to the bottom. Is my advice not helpful simply because you choose to ignore it? 6) Fritzing is a toy, nothing more, and it shouldn't even be used as a toy. It's a complete piece of garbage that won't get you anywhere in the real world. Take my advice or don't, I don't care, you're only hurting yourself. \$\endgroup\$ – DerStrom8 Aug 11 '17 at 21:39
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    \$\begingroup\$ I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it isn't about grown up engineering at all. \$\endgroup\$ – Andy aka Aug 12 '17 at 9:16

Last I knew Fritzing does not have a fully functioning parts editor. However, if you go into the parts folder and adjust the .xml files you should be able to change the part layout and the icon in the parts bank (right-hand side) should update to the PCB layout version. You can edit the parts in an SVG editor, Inkscape is a great option.

Here is a short video that shows how to build custom parts. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blKyNYp8z3E&list=PLzwZMxf18zdPa4SMvj2BeN0yzDzHt1ta6

It is not creating a part for scratch, but rather editing a part down to what you need.

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