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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 a.jpg.


    a.jpg When selected with the Selection tool, grouped items display a dashed line around the 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 b.jpg.

b.jpg 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.


    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 c.jpg.


    c.jpg 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 d.jpg.


    d.jpg 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.

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