Group Pictures in PowerPoint 2013
Learn how to group and ungroup pictures in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
PowerPoint 2013 has no limitations to the number of slide objects you can add within the slide area. Be it shapes, multiple pictures, or any other slide objects -- you can add them all. When you add multiple pictures on the slide you may end up placing them in a haphazard manner and pictures of different sizes may be scattered all over the slide. It is good idea to arrange them all properly to get a more aesthetic looking layout. In previous tutorials we have explored techniques that help you arrange your pictures and other content -- look at our Resize, Rotate, and Flip Pictures and Align and Distribute Pictures tutorials. Moving ahead in the same direction, this tutorial explores how you can group pictures on your slide.
Grouping pictures can be helpful in various scenarios. You may want to resize or rotate all pictures -- rather than rotate them individually, you can group them and thereafter rotate. Follow these steps to learn more:
- Place three pictures
on your slide -- make sure you
them so that they have the same height. Also
so that all your pictures are lined up properly.
Select them all, as shown
in Figure 1.
Figure 1: Resized and aligned pictures selected on the slide
- Now, group the selected pictures. You can learn how to group shapes in our
Group, Ungroup, and Regroup
Shapes tutorial -- although the linked tutorial pertains to shapes, grouping of pictures works in the
Tip: To quickly group selected slide objects, press the Ctrl + G shortcut key. Want more keyboard shortcuts? Explore our PowerPoint Keyboard Shortcuts and Sequences ebook.
- Once grouped, the three pictures behave like a single object. Notice that there is only one selection
in Figure 2, compared to three selections in Figure 1. This indicates
that the three pictures are now contained in a single group.
Figure 2: Pictures contained within a group
- Rotate your group of pictures
as required -- we rotated them 15 degrees, as shown in Figure 3.
Figure 3: Grouped pictures rotated 15 degrees rightwards
- Now that your group of pictures is rotated, you can go ahead and
ungroup them. This lets
you manipulate individual pictures as required. Figure 4 shows that the rotated pictures
are now ungrouped.
Figure 4: Rotated pictures upgrouped
Tip: To quickly ungroup, press the Ctrl + Shift + G shortcut key.
- Save your presentation.
Have your ever used keyboard shortcuts and sequences in PowerPoint? Or are you a complete keyboard aficionado? Do you want to learn about some new shortcuts? Or do you want to know if your favorite keyboard shortcuts are documented?
Go and get a copy of our PowerPoint Keyboard Shortcuts and Sequences E-Book.