Grouping objects

You may want to group multiple objects into one object so they will stay together if they are moved or resized. This is often easier than selecting all of the objects each time you want to move them.

Pictures, shapes, clip art, and text boxes can all be grouped; however, placeholders cannot be grouped. If you will be grouping pictures, use one of the commands in the Images group on the Insert tab to insert pictures instead of the picture icon inside the placeholder.

Aligning, Ordering, and Grouping Objects

To group objects:

  1. Select the objects you want to align. To select multiple objects at once, hold the Shift key while you click. The Format tab will appear.
    Aligning, Ordering, and Grouping Objects
  2. From the Format tab, click the Group command, then select Group.
    Aligning, Ordering, and Grouping Objects
  3. The selected objects will now be grouped. There will be a single box with sizing handles around the entire group to show that they are one group. You can now move or resize all of the objects at once.
    Aligning, Ordering, and Grouping Objects

If you want to edit or move one of the objects in the group, double-click to select the object. You can then edit it or move it to the desired location.

Aligning, Ordering, and Grouping Objects

If you select the objects and the Group command is disabled, it may be because one of the objects is inside a placeholder. If this happens, try reinserting the images by using the Pictures command on the Insert tab.

Aligning, Ordering, and Grouping Objects

To ungroup objects:

  1. Select the object group you want to ungroup.
  2. From the Format tab, click the Group command, then select Ungroup.
    Aligning, Ordering, and Grouping Objects
  3. The objects will be ungrouped.
    Aligning, Ordering, and Grouping Objects
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