Publisher 2003: Grouping and Ungrouping Objects

Lesson 9: Grouping and Ungrouping Objects



By the end of this module, you should be able to:

  • Group objects
  • Move grouped objects
  • Ungroup objects

Grouping and ungrouping objects

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Publisher allows you to group or combine multiple objects into one object. This can make it a lot easier to work with multiple objects because you can flip, rotate, resize, and change the color of all objects in a group at the same time—just like with a single object.

To group objects together:

  • Hold down the shift key and select each of the objects you want to group.
  • You also can click the select object icon—shaped like an arrow—on the objects toolbar and drag a selection box around the objects you want to group.
  • Click the Group Object icon that appears below the objects.
multiple objects selected with group icon visible

Moving grouped objects

Once objects are in a group, they can be moved just like any other object.

To ungroup objects:

  • Select a group of objects.
  • Click the Ungroup Objects icon that appears below the group.
group selected with ungroup icon visible


If you have not already done so in a previous challenge, download and save the sample newsletter publication to complete this challenge.

  • Open the Sample Newsletter publication.
  • Group the five hand images at the top of the first page.
  • Move the hands group so it is centered above the headline.
  • Ungroup the group containing the headline and the red line.
  • Move the red line so it is centered above the headline.
  • Group the hands, red line, and headline.
  • Save and close the newsletter to use in the next challenge.