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Grouping

Grouping is a way to select two or more objects so you can work with them as a single object—a group. The grouping and ungrouping of objects generally works the same as in QuarkXPress, though there are a few differences, which we cover below. To group objects, first select the various paths or frames, and then select Group from the Object menu (or press Command-G/Ctrl-G). To ungroup, select the group and choose Ungroup from the Object menu (or press Command-Shift-G/Ctrl-Shift-G). Of course, you can also group multiple groups together, forming groups of groups (if you’re into that sort of thing).

Where Are Your Groups?

When you select a QuarkXPress group with the Item tool, you see a dashed line around the group’s rectangular bounding box. InDesign doesn’t provide such a visual indicator, but you can use two cues to tell whether you’ve clicked on a group. First, if you see a single bounding box surrounding more than one object when you click with the Selection tool, the objects are most likely grouped. (They could also be part of a compound path; see Chapter 16.) Second, see if the Ungroup command is available in the Object menu; it’ll be dimmed unless you’ve selected a group.


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