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Group Pictures in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Learn how to group and ungroup pictures in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac. Grouping allows you to use multiple pictures as one object.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

OS: Mac OS X



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Many times you may place several pictures on your slide. These may be just inserted in a haphazard manner and pictures of different sizes may be scattered within the Slide Area. In addition, you may also have some shapes or other slide objects placed on the slide. To arrange them all properly would result in a more aesthetic slide.

We have already explored some techniques that will help you arrange your pictures and other content. Look at our Resize, Rotate, and Flip Pictures and Align and Distribute Pictures tutorials. Moving ahead, we will explore how you can group pictures on your slide in this tutorial.

Grouping pictures can be helpful in various scenarios. In one of these scenarios, you may want to rotate all your pictures at a certain angle, rather than rotate them individually. To do so, you can group them and thereafter rotate.

Follow these steps to learn more in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac:

  1. Place three pictures on your slide. Make sure you resize them so that they have the same height. Also align them so that all your pictures are lined up properly. Select them all, as shown in Figure 1.
  2. Resized and aligned pictures selected on the slide
    Figure 1: Resized and aligned pictures selected on the slide
  3. 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 same way.
  4. 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 group.
  5. Pictures contained within a group
    Figure 2: Pictures contained within a group
  6. Rotate your group of pictures as required. We rotated them 15 degrees, as shown in Figure 3.
  7. Grouped pictures rotated 15 degrees rightwards
    Figure 3: Grouped pictures rotated 15 degrees rightwards
  8. Now that your group of pictures is rotated, you can go ahead and ungroup them. This lets you manipulate individual pictures a required. Figure 4 shows that the rotated pictures are now ungrouped.
  9. Rotated pictures upgrouped
    Figure 4: Rotated pictures upgrouped
  10. Save your presentation.

See Also:

Pictures - Position and Order: Group Pictures (Glossary Page)

Group Pictures in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Group Pictures in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

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