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Ungrouping Slide Objects in PowerPoint 2003 and 2002 for Windows

Learn how to ungroup slide objects in PowerPoint 2003 and 2002 for Windows. You can also ungroup using helpful keyboard shortcuts.


Product/Version: PowerPoint 2003 and 2002 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows XP and higher

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 Windows. For a PowerPoint 2007 specific version of this tutorial, look here.

  1. Select the group on the slide, as shown in Figure 1.
  2. Grouped object on slide
    Figure 1: Grouped object on slide
  3. 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.
    2. Grouping | Ungroup option
      Figure 2: Grouping | Ungroup option
    3. Alternatively, access PowerPoint's Drawing toolbar, and choose Draw | Ungroup, as shown in Figure 3.
    4. Draw | Ungroup option
      Figure 3: Draw | Ungroup option
    5. 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.
    6. The easiest option is to use the shortcut key: Ctrl + Shift + H. See more shortcut keys here.
    7. PowerPoint Keyboard Shortcuts

      PowerPoint Keyboard Shortcuts

      Do you want more keyboard shortcuts?

      Explore our PowerPoint Keyboard Shortcuts and Sequences Ebook that is updated for all PowerPoint versions.

  4. 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.

See Also:

Ungrouping Slide Objects in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows

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