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Part 8. Working with Office's Graphics T... > Task 8 How to Group and Ungroup Obje...

Task 8 How to Group and Ungroup Objects

A unique aspect of working with graphics objects in Office is that you can use layering and grouping commands to change the way the objects appear in a document. You can stack objects on top of each other to create interesting effects. For example, you can position a WordArt effect over a shape object to create a logo. You can also group objects together to treat them as a single object. Suppose that you have several objects stacked in place and want to move them over a bit. Rather than moving each object separately and layering them again, use the Grouping command to move the entire group as one object. After you've moved the group, you can break the objects apart and edit them separately.

  1. Layer the Objects

    To layer objects, start by moving them on top of each other to create an effect. You might place a WordArt object on top of a shape you've drawn, for example, or stack a clip art object onto a larger shape to act as a background.



  2. Bring an Object to the Front

    To move an object to the top of the stack, select the object and right-click it to display the shortcut menu. Choose Order, Bring to Front.



  3. Move an Object to the Back

    To move an object to the bottom of the stack, select the object, right-click it to display the shortcut menu, and choose Order, Send to Back.



  4. Select the Objects to Group

    To group several objects together, click to select the first object, hold down the Shift key, and click to select each additional object to be grouped. (Notice that each object's selection handles are active.)



  5. Use the Group Command

    Right-click any of the selected objects and choose Grouping, Group from the shortcut menu.



  6. Ungroup the Objects

    The objects are now grouped and surrounded by a single set of selection handles. To break the objects apart again, right-click the grouped object and select Grouping, Ungroup.




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