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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 or PageMaker, though there are a few differences. To group objects, first select the various paths or frames, and then select Group from the Object menu (or press Command-G/CtrlG). 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. 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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