Grouping And Ungrouping

When you place or create several objects on a slide it is often advisable to group them together as one object.  In that way you can move and size the objects as one.

Some objects, such as Microsoft Clip Art images are a series of shapes placed on top of each other and grouped together to make one object.  Such objects can be ungrouped for the purpose of removing or adding components, re-coloring, sizing, etc.

Let's say you wanted to use a Clip Art image of a podium but the closest picture you can find is of a man behind a podium.  This entire picture is ONE group; however, if you ungroup the picture, you can delete the part(s) you don't want - i.e. the man.  Similarly, if you draw several objects on a page and wish to move them over or size them proportionally, it is easiest if you group them together first.

Grouping Objects

  1. Double-click on an image (picture, object, etc.) to display the special picture Format ribbon.


  2. Select the objects you want to group.

    To select several objects either drag your mouse around the objects or click on the first object then hold the Shift  key down when you click on the other objects to include in the group.

  3. Click on the Group button at the far right of the ribbon then choose Group.

    You can now effect the grouped objects as if they were one, i.e., move the one object, rotate the one object, size the one object, etc.

Ungrouping An Object

Most objects and Clip Art can be ungrouped. Photos (flat pictures) cannot.

  1. Double-click on an image (picture, object, etc.) to display the special picture Format ribbon.


  2. Select (single click on) the image you wish to ungroup.


  3. Click on the Group button at the far right of the ribbon then choose Ungroup. (If this option is inactive, you cannot ungroup the object).


  4. If you are ungrouping a Clip Art image, the following message is displayed. Choose OK to continue.
  5. While pointing at the object you wish to ungroup, click the right mouse then choose Grouping then Ungroup.
  6. Some objects contain multiple grouping; hence you may need to ungroup it more than once to display all the individual pieces. The following illustrates an ungrouped Clip Art object. Notice all the individual selection handles around each part/piece:

  7. Click on a blank area of the slide to deselect the objects.


  8. Click on the object you wish to effect, e.g., change the color of, delete, etc.


  9. Make the desired change, e.g., change the fill color, press Delete to delete the object, etc.


  10. It is usually good advice to regroup the objects once changes have been made. Follow the instructions above under Grouping Objects.

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