When we work with several objects, the overview on the slide can quickly get lost. For this reason it is useful to know and use the grouping functions of PowerPoint. It helps us to combine individual objects into one large element. This saves a lot of time, especially when elaborate structures with different combinations of elements are used.
In this chapter we use an example image that looks like this:
There are several shapes that have been arranged and recolored.
In the first step we select several elements. To do this, we click on the individual elements while holding down the CTRL key or drag a frame over the elements while holding down the mouse button.
When all the elements to be grouped are selected, the next step follows.
Next, on the Format tab (Drawing Tools), in the Arrange group, we navigate to the Group button and finally to the Group option in the drop-down menu.
What has changed? When we click on our new element we see only a frame. Individual elements are no longer displayed. When we resize the element with the handles, all the grouped elements are also resized.
Grouped elements have the advantage that they no longer need to be formatted or edited individually. If we drag the new grouped shape larger by the handles, all objects in the group will also resize. We can duplicate our new shape as shown in the image below (key combination CTRL+d).
The entire group is copied each time. This saves us a lot of work.
To ungroup we click on the Format tab (Drawing Tools) in the Arrange group on the Group button and in the menu on “Ungroup”.
Afterwards all objects are “free” again.