Creating a Group

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If more than one object is selected, the Edit ➪ Make Group menu command becomes active. With this command, all selected objects become grouped together. When selecting a group, a bounding box that surrounds the entire selection set is highlighted, as shown in Figure 8.1.

TIP You can also access the Make Group command from the right-click pop-up menu.

If you need to access a subject in the group, simply double-click on the group.

FIGURE 8.1 All objects within a group are included in the bounding box.

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CROSS-REF Components are similar to groups and are also helpful for organizing objects, but they have many more features. Components are discussed in Chapter 15.

Groups can also be nested within other groups. To nest a group within a group, select a grouped object along with other objects and use the Make Group command.

All objects contained within a group can be identified as subobjects of the group when viewed in the Outliner panel, as shown in Figure 8.2. The Outliner panel also provides a way to select a group’s subobject. If you click on a group subobject, the group is opened and the subobject is selected.

FIGURE 8.2 Objects within a group are listed in the Outliner panel.

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