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

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 26, 2014)

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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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What is nine more than 9?

2017-08-17 15:38:02

HAK

Dear Mr. Wyatt,

I have MS-Word 2003.

Regarding Grouping & Ungrouping commands, is there any way to set the keyboard shortcuts under MS-Word?

When I wish to do it by using " Tools > Customize" menu and then under Commands Tab using "Keyboards ...", these 2 commands (Grouping, Ungrouping) are not listed in none of Categories, even the "All Commands" category.

Is there any simple way to set these shortcuts, i.g. Alt-G for Grouping and Shift-Alt-G for Ungrouping?

Thanking you in advance,

Sincerely yours,

Keyvan HATEFI
Switzerland


2013-11-20 16:46:36

Guy

With MS Publisher 2007, when grouping a selection of lines and text boxes why do you get a duplicate copy of the data? I see this when I try to move the group and if I do a cut of the data. I can't seem to remove the data in it's original location.


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