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How to group objects in PowerPoint

Posted by Roger Hyttinen on

Grouping allows you to combine objects so you can work with them as though they were a single unit. Once objects are grouped, you can apply the same formatting to every object in the group with a single setting or move every object in your group to a new location at once. Grouping helps to prevent you from inadvertently modifying part of a graphic, such as a logo and its accompanying text box. Grouping is preferable to selecting each item individually and then moving them one by one. Additionally, you can resize or scale all objects in your group as a single unit.

To select more than one object, select the first object, hold down the Shift key, and then select any additional objects. You can also select several objects at once by clicking on the slide with your mouse or fingers if using a trackpad, and then dragging around the objects you want to select. As you drag, a dotted line appears on your screen indicating the boundary of the selection.

Grouped objects in PowerPoint

Once your objects are grouped, you can manipulate the group by selecting the placeholder surrounding the group. This selects the entire group. A grouped object has one set of resizing handles for the entire group and one rotating handle. We will learn more about rotating objects in a later section.

Tip: Even though your objects are grouped as a single unit, you can still edit the text in individual text boxes.

To Group Objects

  1. Select the first object in the group.
  2. Hold down the Shift key and then select the additional objects to be part of your group
    Click and drag with your mouse, stylus or finger around the objects you wish to include in your group.
  3. Click the Format tab under the Drawing Tools contextual tab.
  4. Click the Group icon on the Arrange group and click Group from the menu.
    Right-click the border of any of the selected objects, point to Group and click Group in the submenu.

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