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How to Group Multiple Objects in Office 2011 for Mac

When working with multiple objects above the text layer of an Office 2011 for Mac document, spreadsheet, or presentation, sometimes you may want to combine (group) several objects into a single object that you can move, order, and format together as a unit.

  1. Position and order all the objects you want to include in the group.

  2. Select the objects.

    Hold the Command key down and click individual objects to add to the selection. In PowerPoint, you can simply click and drag over the objects to select them.With everything you want grouped being selected, click the Ribbon’s Format tab. In the Format group, choose Arrange→Group.

  3. With everything you want grouped being selected, click the Ribbon’s Format tab. In the Format group, choose Arrange→Group.

    The Arrange group is on the Ribbon on both the Format and the Format Picture tabs. Alternatively, right-click any of the selected objects and choose Grouping→Group.

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Ungrouping and regrouping objects in Office

Office remembers that your group is composed of independent objects. You can ungroup a grouped object:

  1. Select a grouped object.

  2. Click the Ribbon’s Format tab, and in the Arrange group, click Ungroup. You can also right-click and choose Grouping→Ungroup.

Flattening objects in a layer in Office

You can permanently turn a grouped object into a picture object. This action is called flattening. Right-click a grouped object and choose Save As Picture from the pop-up menu. Choose a picture format and save the file in a location you want. You can then insert the resulting picture, which can’t be ungrouped.

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