Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Grouping Drawing Objects.

Grouping Drawing Objects

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated December 15, 2018)
This tip applies to Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003


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After you have worked on a document for a while, you will find that you may have added quite a few objects to it. Some of these objects just naturally go together to create other objects. For instance, you might have a few graphic objects used to create a larger image; these naturally go together.

Word lets you group objects together so they can be treated as a single object by the program. In this way, you can select an entire collection of objects with the same ease you would use in selecting one. To group objects together, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure the Drawing toolbar is displayed.
  2. Select all the objects that belong in the group.
  3. Choose the Group option from the Draw menu on the Drawing toolbar.

There may come a time when you need to ungroup the objects. For instance, you may need to update one of the elements that make up your group. To ungroup objects, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure the Drawing toolbar is displayed.
  2. Select the grouped object.
  3. Choose the Ungroup option from the Draw menu on the Drawing toolbar.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1332) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Grouping Drawing Objects.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2020-04-27 17:14:49

Rick

There seems to be a maximum number of times this can be done. I believe that I've experienced this when drawing floor plans. Once the maximum number of groupings are reached, Word eventually blocks the document from saving more edits and closing properly. I.e., it crashes. Any experience with this?


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