A set of objects can be collected into a Group. Once placed in a Group, the objects can be manipulated together, the Group acting as a single object. Groups can be nested; that is, a Group can be combined with other Groups or objects to make a higher level Group.
The following commands, found both in the Command Bar and under the Edit menu, can be used to make and break up groups:
Ctrl+G): Group selected items.→ (
Shift+Ctrl+G): Ungroup selected Group. Ungroups one level.→ (
An alternative method to break up a Group is to select the Ungroup command from the menu that pops up when you Right Mouse Click over a Group.
Ctrl+Left Mouse Click: Select Within Group. Select an object within a Group. This command selects objects regardless of how many levels of Groups they are buried in.
Ctrl+Alt+Left Mouse Click: Select Under Within Group. Select an object within a Group that is under the cursor and that is next lower in z-order than the currently selected object. If the currently selected object is at the bottom in z-order, the top object is selected. This command selects objects regardless of how many levels of Groups they are buried in.
Shift+Ctrl+Alt+Left Mouse Click: Toggle Under in Groups. Add an unselected object or remove a selected object within a Group to or from a selection.
A Group can be entered or turned into a temporary Layer for editing. Two ways to Enter a Group and Exit a Group are available:
Double+Left Mouse Click on a Group to enter a Group. Click an object outside the Group to exit.
Ctrl+Enter on a Group to enter a Group. Ctrl+Backspace to leave a Group. This will take you up one group level.
Right Mouse Click over Group to pop up a menu. Select the Enter group command to enter the Group. The command line included the name of the Group that will be entered. Once in a Group, the menu option Go to parent will exit the Group (although there is no visible feedback).
To add an existing object to an existing Group, cut the object ( → (Ctrl+X)), enter the Group (Double+Left Mouse Click), and then paste in place ( → (Ctrl+Alt+V)).
The XML Editor dialog can be very useful in rearranging objects between Groups.
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