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Ungrouping Slide Objects in PowerPoint 2002 and 2003 for Windows

This tutorial shows how to ungroup objects on a slide.

Author: Geetesh Bajaj

Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2002, 2003
OS: Microsoft Windows XP / Vista

Date Created: April 14th 2009
Last Updated: April 14th 2009

Before starting this tutorial, make sure you have a group of slide objects. You can learn how to group in PowerPoint 2003 or earlier version here.

Thereafter, follow these steps to ungroup objects in PowerPoint 2002 and 2003 -- for a PowerPoint 2007 specific version of this tutorial, look here:

  1. Select the group on the slide, as shown in Figure 1.

    Grouped object on slide
    Figure 1: Grouped object on slide

  2. Now choose either of these options to ungroup the objects:

    1. Right-click the selected objects carefully to bring up the contextual menu that you can see in Figure 2. Then choose the Grouping | Ungroup option.

      Figure 2: Ungroup

    2. Alternatively, access PowerPoint's Drawing toolbar, and choose Draw | Ungroup, as shown in Figure 3.

      Figure 3: Ungroup

      Note: If the Drawing toolbar is not visible (normally at the bottom of the PowerPoint interface, above the status bar), choose View | Toolbars | Drawing. This is a toggle option that alternatively shows and hides the Drawing toolbar. Learn more about the PowerPoint 2003 interface here.

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

  3. Save your presentation.

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

Related Link: Learn how to do more with AutoShapes in this free excerpt from my book: Cutting Edge PowerPoint For Dummies -- read a free chapter called AutoShape Magic here.


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