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How to Group or Ungroup in Google Slides

If you’re struggling to organize elements in your Google Slides presentation, this tutorial is here to help. We’ll walk you through the simple process of grouping and ungrouping objects on a slide, making it easier for you to rearrange things.

Grouping helps maintain consistency in elements like chart colors and image placement. By grouping everything together, you can make adjustments more efficiently. It is especially handy when you need to move multiple elements at once or duplicate them as a single unit. And if you ever need to edit just one element separately, you can easily ungroup them.

Let’s dive into the tutorial and get your Google Slides looking just the way you want!

How to Group Elements in Google Slides

Grouping objects streamlines your workflow in Google Slides. It lets you manage multiple elements as a single unit, simplifying tasks like moving, resizing, and applying formatting. Here’s a quick guide to get you started:

Step 1: Open Your Presentation

Let’s organize your presentation for easy editing!

Step 2: Select the Elements You Want to Group

There are two ways to choose the elements you want to group:

  • Drag and select: Click and drag your mouse to create a box around the objects you want to group.
  • Shift-click individual items: Hold down the Shift key while clicking each element you want to include.

Note: Only images and shapes can be grouped together. Text boxes can’t be part of the group, and all selected elements must be on the same slide.

Step 3: Group Your Selection

Once you’ve chosen the elements you want to group, you have three ways to do it:

  • Use the menu: Go to Arrange > Group.
  • Right-click: Right-click on any of the selected elements and choose Group.
  • Keyboard shortcut: Press Ctrl + Alt + G (Windows) or Cmd + Alt + G (Mac).

Step 4: Work with Your Grouped Elements

Now that your elements are grouped, you can move, resize, or rotate them all at once. This keeps your formatting consistent across the group. Remember, you can always ungroup them later if you need to make changes to individual elements.

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How to Ungroup Elements in Google Slides

Sometimes, grouped elements might need some individual attention. In Google Slides, ungrouping lets you edit objects one by one after they’ve been grouped together. Here’s how to break them free:

Step 1: Open Your Presentation

Jump into your Google Slides presentation and get ready to ungroup!

Step 2: Select the Group

Identify the group you want to ungroup. It might be a collection of images, shapes, or a combination.

Step 3: Ungroup Them Like a Pro

There are three ways to ungroup your selection:

  • Menu Maneuver: Go to Arrange > Ungroup.
  • Right-click Rescue: Right-click on the group and choose Ungroup.
  • Keyboard Shortcut: Press Ctrl + Alt + Shift + G (Windows) or Cmd + Alt + Shift + G (Mac).

Now, you can edit each element within the former group independently!

Ungroup Elements in Google Slides

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Frequently Asked Questions

How to group objects in Google Slides on the phone?

On your phone, touch and hold an object to select it, then tap other objects you want to group. Finally, tap the three dots menu and choose Group.

What are the benefits of grouping objects in Google Slides?

Easier movement maintains alignment and creates visual cohesion.

What are the limitations of grouping in Google Slides?

Cannot group elements from different slides or text boxes

Why can’t I group items in Google Slides?

The inability to group objects could be due to not selecting multiple objects properly, already grouped items, or incompatible elements (e.g., embedded videos).

Is There a Limit to How Many Objects Can Be Grouped?

No specific limit; however, grouping a large number of objects can become unwieldy.

Can I Regroup Previously Ungrouped Elements Easily?

Yes, simply reselect the elements and use the grouping method again to regroup them.

What Happens to Grouped Objects When I Copy and Paste Them?

Grouped objects maintain their grouping and relative positioning when copied and pasted.

Can I Resize Grouped Objects Without Affecting Their Proportions?

Yes, resizing a group maintains the proportions and relative layout of its elements.

Is It Possible to Apply Animations to a Group of Objects?

Yes, animations can be applied to the entire group, affecting all elements collectively.

How to Ensure Precise Alignment When Grouping Objects?

Use the “Arrange” menu options like “Align” and “Distribute” before grouping for precise alignment.

Can I Group Objects Across Different Slides?

Grouping is limited to objects within the same slide; it cannot span multiple slides.

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