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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 letter-a.jpg.

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:

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.


    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 letter-c.jpg.
  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 letter-d.jpg.

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:

To select just the content object:

You use a special technique to move the content inside the container.

To move only the content object:

  1. Select the content object.
  2. Position the Selection tool inside the content. A “doughnut” circle appears along with the Hand tool. This indicates that you can move the content within the object.
  3. Drag the doughnut circle letter-c.jpg. The content moves within the container.

To move only the container:

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