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Grouping Objects

You can group objects so you can easily select and modify them as a unit.

To group objects:

1.
Select the objects you want to group.

2.
Choose Object >Group. A bounding box encloses all the objects .

Figure 4.51. The bounding box around grouped objects.


Tip

The Selection tool selects all the objects in a group as a single unit.


You can also create groups within groups. This is called nesting.

To nest groups:

1.
Select the grouped objects.

2.
Hold the Shift key and select another object or group.

3.
Choose Object >Group.

Once you have grouped objects, you can select individual objects within the group.

To select objects within groups:

1.
Choose the Direction Selection tool .

Figure 4.52. The Direct Selection tool in the Toolbox.


2.
Click to select one object within the group.

3.
Hold down the Option/Alt key and click the same object again . This selects the entire group.

Figure 4.53. Selecting nested groups.


4.
If the group is nested within other groups, click again on the same object to select the next level of the nest.

Tip

Too many levels of nested groups may cause printing problems.


To ungroup objects:

1.
Select the group.

2.
Choose Object > Ungroup.

3.
If you have nested groups, continue to ungroup the objects as necessary.

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