Permanent Groups

When you convert a temporary group of selected objects into a permanent group, you are actually creating a brand new object. All the manipulations you can perform on a temporary group you can also perform on a permanent group.

However, because a permanent group is actually a separate object, you can edit it as you would any object, such as the following:

When there is a conflict between the permanent group object itself and objects in the group, the permanent group object will take priority.

You can ungroup the objects and dissolve their permanent group at any time. Any repositioning, re-alignment, or transformations you made to the objects as a group will persist, but any attributes applied to the group will disappear.

Selecting Multiple Objects to Form a Temporary Group

Use any of the following methods to form a temporary group:

A bounding box will surround the selected objects indicating the formation of a temporary group, and the Status Bar at the bottom of the Work Window will indicate how many objects are selected.

You may now move, scale, rotate, skew, align, or resize the objects relative to one another as a group. For more information, see Object Names, Move Object, Transform Object, and Editing Objects.

Creating a Permanent Group Object
  1. Select multiple objects to form a temporary group.
  2. Right-click the group of objects, and then select Group Selected Objects

    OR

    Click the Group button: in the Arrange Bar

    OR

    Select Arrange>Group.

    A new group object will be created in the project.

  3. Rename the group object, if desired. For more information, see Object Names.

    You may now move, scale, rotate, skew, align, or resize the objects relative to one another or otherwise edit the group object. For more information, see Object Names, Move Object, Transform Object, and Editing Objects.

An included object cannot be part of a group and also appear on other pages. If you add an included object to a group it will no longer appear on any other pages. Once it is removed from the group it will reappear on the pages it is included on. If you want the included object to appear on the other pages you must “include” the group on those pages

Ungrouping Objects

Use any of the following procedures to dissolve a permanent group and disassociate formerly grouped objects from one another:

Any repositioning, re-alignment, or transformations made to the objects as a group will persist, but any edits made to the group object will disappear.

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