Group or Ungroup Objects in PowerPoint

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This tutorial will show you how to group objects, images, and shapes in PowerPoint presentations.

PowerPoint can make it hard to work with multiple objects at once. There is, however, a function that lets you put elements together or take them apart.

So, what do « Grouping, » « Ungrouping, » and « Regrouping » mean in real life? When you click on an object on a PowerPoint slide, a selection rectangle with handles appears around the object. This means you have chosen that object. If you try to choose another shape, the selection handles around the first shape will disappear. This means that you can only change one shape at a time when you select it.

Think about a situation where you have to choose and move several shapes on a diapositive. Obviously, this task will be boring and take a long time. In this case, it’s best to pick all of the objects and put them into a single « group. »

Group Objects in PowerPoint

The process of grouping objects is to make a single selection of a group of objects on a slide, whether they are all different or all the same so that when you click on them, you can select the whole group instead of just one. object. You can still tell the difference between a group and an individual object. When you select a group, you will see a single set of selection and rotation handles around the objects it contains.

To group objects in PowerPoint, open your PowerPoint file, select the objects you want to combine or move, and then use one of the following methods.


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Group Objects Using the Context Menu

To use the context menu to group objects in PowerPoint:

  1. Hold down the « Ctrl » or « Shift » key on your keyboard, then click on each object you want to group with your left mouse button.
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  1. Right-click on one of the objects you’ve chosen. A context menu shows up.
  2. Choose Group, then Group from the drop-down menu. The objects are now in a group with a single set of handles to move and select them.
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Using Format Tab to Group Objects

You can also use the « Format » tab’s options to group objects in PowerPoint.

  1. Hold down the « Ctrl » or « Shift » key on your keyboard, then click on each object you want to group with your left mouse button.
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  1. Next, to group the selected slide objects, go to the « Format » tab under « Drawing Tools » and click the « Group » command button, then click « Group« :
Grouper des objets Powerpoint

Group Objects Using Home Tab

You can also use the « Home » tab of the ribbon to get to the « Group » option. Click the « Arrange » command button in the « Drawing » group to bring up a drop-down menu. Choose « Group » from this menu:

Group Objects in PowerPoint using Home tab

After you have grouped the shapes, you can change their properties as a single entity. For example, if you rotate a group, all of the individual objects that are part of that group will rotate together as a single object. In the screenshot below, we turned each shape 90 degrees so you can see the difference (the left side of the screenshot). But on the right side of the picture, we turned the whole group 90 degrees. The group rotation looks much more predictable:

Change a group of Object in PowerPoint

Change a single object in a group

You can still work with a single object in a group after you have put it in a group.

  1. Select the group, and then click on an item within the group to select it.
  2. You can now change or format this single object.
Change a single object in a group

How to Ungroup Objects in PowerPoint

With the ungroup function, you can break up a group of objects into separate ones. To start, choose the group you want to ungroup. Then, you can do one of these three other things:

Ungroup Objects Using the context menu

To ungroup objects using the context menu:

  1. Right-click the object you want to separate. A pull-down menu shows up.
  2. Choose « Group », and then from the sub-menu, choose « Ungroup« . The objects you chose will be separated.
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  1. Click outside of the objects that are grouped together. You’ll be able to choose each object from now on.

Ungroup Objects Using Format Tab

To take objects out of a group using the Format tab:

click on the « Group » command on the « Formatting » contextual tab that appears when you select the group and then click on « Ungroup » in the drop-down menu:

  1. Select the grouped object.
  2. Click on the « Group » command on the « Format » contextual tab that appears.
  3. Select « Group » in the « Arrange » section. A pull-down menu shows up.
  4. Click « Ungroup » to separate the objects.
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  1. Click outside of the objects. You’ll be able to choose each object from now on.

Ungroup Objects Using HomeTab

You can also use the « Home » tab of the ribbon to get to the « Ungroup » option. Click on « Arrange » to bring up a drop-down menu, then choose « Ungroup » from the list.

Ungroup Objects in PowerPoint

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