Which flow are you using, PADS or Xpedition? The reason for asking is two-fold, firstly so we can move this question to the appropriate Community and secondly so we know how you are editing the symbols.
The way the process works is that the information stored with the symbol is written as the older 'Attribute' values - so in the case of REFDES this is how it should appear in the symbol file.
If you edit this in PADS this is what you see. If you edit it in Xpedition we transpose it to Ref Designator in the editor and when placed in the schematic.
Thank You Robert, Your information was helpful
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