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Grouping Slide Objects in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows

This tutorial shows how to group objects on a slide in PowerPoint 2007 or later versions.


Author: Geetesh Bajaj

Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2007
OS: Microsoft Windows XP / Vista

Date Created: April 7th 2009
Last Updated: April 7th 2009






When you have many (or more than one) slide objects on a slide that you want to manipulate in the same way, you might want to consider grouping them. Grouping can be helpful in the following scenarios:

  • You want to animate several slide objects at the same time as a single object.
  • You have too many objects on the slide, and want them all grouped so that you don't have to select them individually all the time.
  • Or maybe you just like to have all objects on your slide organized.

Once slide objects are grouped, PowerPoint allows you to perform many tasks in an easier and faster manner. Follow these steps to group objects in PowerPoint 2007 or higher versions -- for a PowerPoint 2002/2003 specific version of this tutorial, look here:

  1. Make sure you have more than one object on a slide, as shown in Figure 1.

    Place objects on slide
    Figure 1: Place objects on slide

  2. Now select the objects by using any of the following methods:

    • Select one shape and then hold down the Shift or Ctrl key while you select other shapes.
    • Drag a marquee around the shapes.
    • Press Ctrl+A on your keyboard to select all the objects on the slide.

  3. Now choose either of these options to group the objects:

    1. Right-click the selected objects carefully to get a contextual menu, from the menu choose Group | Group (see Figure 2).

      Group
      Figure 2: Group

    2. Alternatively, you'll find that selecting the objects shows the Drawing Tools Format tab of the Ribbon, as shown in Figure 3. Activate this Ribbon tab.

      Drawing Tools Format tab of the Ribbon

      Figure 3: Drawing Tools Format tab of the Ribbon

      Note: The Drawing Tools Format tab is a contextual tab, These tabs are special tabs in the Ribbon that are not visible all the time -- they only make an appearance when you are working with a particular slide object which can be edited using special options.


      From the Drawing Tools Format tab, locate the Arrange group, then select the Group | Group option, as shown in Figure 4.

      Group
      Figure 4: Group slide objects

    3. The easiest option is to use the shortcut key: Ctrl + G -- see more shortcut keys here.

  4. Save your presentation.

Problems with Grouping? See our Grouping in PowerPoint Troubleshooting page...


Related Link: My book Cutting Edge PowerPoint 2007 For Dummies covers many aspects of PowerPoint 2007. A free chapter excerpt PowerPointing with the Best of Them is available on this site.


 

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