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Grouping objects

By default, FileMaker treats each item added to a layout as a separate object. But sometimes there can be great advantage to having multiple objects treated as a single object (grouping). For example, if you use labels for fields, grouping the label with the field ensures that they stay together when you move a field within a layout. Similarly, it can speed up your layout work to group related topic fields and then move them to a new spot with a single click-and-drag.

To group objects:

1.
Switch to Layout mode ( in Windows, on the Mac), then select the first object by clicking on it with your cursor.

2.
Hold down while you continue clicking on the objects you want to group together (Figure 11.4).

Figure 11.4. To select a field and its label for grouping, press and click on both objects.


3.
Choose Arrange > Group or use your keyboard: in Windows, on the Mac (Figure 11.5). The previously individual objects now become a single object (Figure 11.6).

Figure 11.5. After you’ve selected several objects, choose Arrange > Group.


Figure 11.6. Once they’re grouped, the field and its label become one object, as indicated by the single set of handles at the object’s corners.



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