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Grouping and Pasting Into Objects

You can group objects so you can easily select and modify them as a unit.

To group objects:

  1. Select the objects you want to group.
  2. Choose Object > Group. A dotted-line bounding box encloses all the objects square_68.gif.

    04_select_in_groups1.jpg

    square_68.gif When selected with the Selection tool, grouped items display a bounding box around the entire group.

You can also create groups within groups. This is called nesting.

To nest groups:

  1. Select the grouped objects.
  2. Hold the Shift key and select another object or group.
  3. Choose Object > Group.

Once you have grouped objects, you can select individual objects within the group.

To select groups or objects within groups:

  • Click once on any item in the group. The group is selected as a whole.

    or

    Double-click to select a specific item in the group square_69.gif.

    04_select_in_groups2.jpg

    square_69.gif When selected with the Direct Selection tool, a single item in a group is displayed on its own.

To use commands to select objects within groups:

  1. Use the Selection tool to select the group.
  2. Choose Object > Select > Content. This selects the topmost object in the group.
  3. Choose Object > Select > Previous Object. This selects the object that is layered below the selected object.

    or

    Choose Object > Select > Next Object. This selects the object that is directly above the selected object.

To ungroup objects:

  1. Select the group.
  2. Choose Object > Ungroup.
  3. If you have nested groups, continue to ungroup the objects as necessary.

You can also paste an object into a frame. InDesign refers to the object that is pasted as the content. It refers to the frame that holds the object as the container.

To paste an object into another:

  1. Select the first object and position it over the second object square_70.gif.

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    square_70.gif An object to be pasted into another should be positioned over the other.

  2. Choose Edit > Cut to place the first object on the computer clipboard.
  3. Select the second object and choose Edit > Paste Into. The content appears within the borders of the container square_71.gif.

    04-paste_in_done.jpg

    square_71.gif The Paste Into command displays the content only within the borders of the container.

To remove pasted-in content:

  1. Use the Direct Selection tool to select the pasted-in content.
  2. Choose Edit > Cut.

There are some special techniques for selecting just the container or the content of pasted-in objects.

To select just the container object:

  • Click on the frame that holds the content with the Direct Selection tool to select the container square_72.gif.

    04-select_frame-patch.jpg

    square_72.gif Click with the Direct Selection tool to select just the container.

    or

    Click with the Selection tool and then choose Object > Select > Container.

To select just the content object:

  • Click inside the container with the Direct Selection tool to select the content square_73.gif.

    04-select_paste_1.jpg

    square_73.gif Click inside the container with the Direct Selection tool to select the content.

    or

    Click with the Selection tool and then choose Object > Select > Content.

You use special techniques to move the content inside the container.

To move only the content object:

  1. Select the content object.
  2. Use either the Direct Selection or the Selection tool to drag the content by its center point square_74.gif. The content moves within the container.

    04-center-point.jpg

    square_74.gif Use the center point to move just the selected content.

To move only the container:

  1. Select the container object.
  2. Use either the Direct Selection or the Selection tool to drag the container by its center point square_75.gif. The container moves without disturbing the content.

    04-free_transform_rotate.jpg

    square_75.gif Drag the center point of the container to move it without disturbing the content.

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