How to Group Objects in PowerPoint

Group pictures and shapes in presentations

What to Know

  • Select the objects you want to group and press Ctrl-G on the keyboard.
  • Select the objects, then right-click on any of them and select Group from the menu.
  • Or select Home from the menu, then Arrange in the Drawing section of the ribbon—select Group from the dropdown menu.

In this article, you'll learn several ways to group objects in PowerPoint, using either keyboard shortcuts or the menu. The following methods to group objects in PowerPoint work in Microsoft PowerPoint 2013, 2016, 2019, and 365.

How to Group Objects in PowerPoint

When creating a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation, it can be helpful to group objects. Creating groups lets you manipulate all of them as a single group. The ribbon options described may display differently in different versions, but the process is the same.

  1. The fastest way to group objects in PowerPoint is with a keyboard shortcut. First, hold the Ctrl key and use the mouse to select all of the objects you want to group one at a time.

    PowerPoint showing all objects selected
  2. Once all objects are selected, press Ctrl + G. All selected objects will become a single object that you can move, nudge, rotate, or otherwise manipulate the grouped object like you would a single object.

    Grouped objects highlighted in PowerPoint

    You can ungroup this selection by selecting the grouped object and pressing Ctrl + Shift + G on the keyboard.

  3. Use the same process above to select all objects you want to group. Then, right-click one of the objects, select Group from the dropdown menu, and choose Group from the sub-menu. Doing this will create a single grouped box around all selected objects.

    Group right-click menu with Group > Group highlighted

    You can use this same process to ungroup any objects you've grouped by repeating the process above and selecting Ungroup from the submenu.

  4. You can also find the option to group objects in the ribbon. To do this, hold down the Ctrl button to select all of the objects you want to group. Then select Home from the menu and select Arrange in the Drawing section of the ribbon—select Group from the dropdown menu.

    PowerPoint ribbon with Group highlighted

    Ungroup the objects by selecting Arrange in the Drawing section of the ribbon and then choosing Ungroup from the dropdown menu.

  5. Any time you've grouped objects, you can still edit or modify the individual objects in the group. To do this, use the left mouse key to select the group. Then click the object inside the group to select it. Now you can resize or move it, or right-click and use the context menu for just that object.

    Individual object in group highlighted as it's edited
  6. If you've used any of the ungroup methods mentioned above to ungroup a previously created group, you can recreate it using a simple step. Just right-click any of the objects that were part of that previous group, select Group from the dropdown menu, and then select Regroup from the submenu. PowerPoint remembers the last group you created with that object and will recreate that group for you.

    PowerPoint object with Regroup highlighted
  • How do I scale a group of objects in PowerPoint?

    Hold the Control key to select the images you want to resize. Then, click on one of the handles on one of the images and drag it down or up. All the images in the group will change size in scale with the other images. To make them all the same size, go to Picture Tools > Format and enter the height and width you want.

  • How do I align objects in PowerPoint?

    Select the objects in your PowerPoint slide that you want to align. Select Format > Align and then choose how to align them: Align Left, Align Center, or Align Right. You can also select Alight Top, Align Middle, or Align Bottom. Other options are Distribute Horizontally or Distribute Vertically.

  • Why can't I group objects in PowerPoint?

    There are several reasons why you may not be able to group objects in PowerPoint. First, you may have selected only one object. You need at least two objects for a group. Or, one of the objects could be a placeholder; you can't group placeholders with objects in PowerPoint. Also, tables and embedded worksheets can't be grouped with other object types.

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