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Groups of objects

Groups of objects

Groups of objects

MouseOK    Ribbon: Home – Utilities >  Group

MouseOK   Menu: Modify –  Group…

KeyboardOK Command line: GROUP, GROUPCMD

To edit a set of objects they can be grouped in the document. You can select the whole group and its elements to edit. New objects can be added to a group and existing objects can be excluded from a group. Objects can belong to several groups at once, and a group can belong to another group. To restore the configuration of source groups, grouped into one group, you have to ungroup nested groups.

Groups can be assigned names or use default names. An unnamed group (a group without its own name) has a default name - An, where n is the number of created groups.

A group name can contain up to 31 symbols and cannot contain spaces; it can contain letters, figures and special symbols (dollar sign ($), hyphen (-) and the break character (_)).

Groups are saved with a document and can be used in the following working sessions.

Main distinction between groups and blocks:

·         Objects in a group can be edited without ungrouping, but to edit objects in a block, the block must be exploded.

·         A group cannot be transferred to another document; it can be used only in the document where it was created.

The Group command opens the Object Grouping dialog box where there is a list with the names of existing groups in the document and descriptions for every group that is selectable:

 

Parameters:

Group Identification

Group Name:

Specify a group name.

Description:

Displays the description of the group (if it was specified during group creation).

This button temporarily closes the dialog box for selecting an object when you need to clarify its group.

This button temporarily closes the dialog box for highlighting a group’s objects on the screen.

Including Unnamed

Switches on/off the input of unnamed groups in the list in the Object Grouping dialog box.

Create Group

This button temporarily closes the dialog box for selecting the objects of a group.

Selectable

Switches on/off the mode of whole group selection if one object is selected.

Unnamed

Switches on/off the mode for creating unnamed groups.

Change Group

This button temporarily closes the dialog box to allow selecting objects to delete from the selected group.

This button temporarily closes the dialog box to allow selecting objects to add them to the selected group.

This button updates a change of name for a group.

This button opens the Order Group dialog box to change the order of objects in a group.

This button updates the changed description for the selected group.

This button deletes the selected group. Objects of the group are not deleted from the document.

This button changes the selectable property of a group in the document.

To create a group:

     

1.    Enter the name for the created group and its description in the Group Name and Description fields of the Group Identification section. A name can contain letters, figures and special symbols, but must not contain spaces. The Description field can be empty.

2.    Select the New button to temporarily close the dialog box to select the objects of a group.

3.    Select the objects, press ENTER.

4.    Select OK in the opened dialog box.

To identify a group:

     

1.    To define the groups the object belongs to, select the Find Name<.

2.    After the dialog box temporarily closes, specify an object on the screen.

3.    The Group Member List dialog box opens with all groups the selected object belongs to:

4.    Select OK to get return to the previous dialog box.

5.    Select OK to close the dialog box.

The Highlight< button temporarily closes the dialog box to allow highlighting of a group’s objects on the screen. The Object grouping dialog box is displayed with the highlighted object:

To delete objects from a group:

     

1.    Select a group in the list.

2.    Deselect the Selectable checkbox.

3.    Select Remove<.

4.    Select the objects to delete.

5.    Select the End option (in the context menu or command line).

6.    Select OK to close the dialog box.

Note: The description of the group is saved when all the objects are deleted from the group. To delete a group from a document, select Explode.

 

Note: When a group is deleted from a document, objects of the group are not deleted.

 

To add objects to a group:

     

1.    Select group in the list.

2.    Select Add<.

3.    Select the objects to add.

4.    Select the End option (in the context menu or command line).

5.    Select OK to close the dialog box.

note: When adding objects belonging to other groups to a group, the Selectable checkbox should be deselected. If it is selected, the groups that the objects belong to will be added to the group.

 

To rename a group or change a description:

     

1.    Select the group.

2.    Make changes in the Group Name and Description fields of the Group Identification section.

3.    Select the Rename or Description.

The messages like Group name has been updated or Group description has been updated and are shown in the bottom left corner.

4.    Select OK to close the dialog box.

To change the order of objects in the group:

     

1.    Select the group.

2.    Select Re-Order.

3.    Specify the required parameters in the Order Group dialog box:

Parameters:

Group Name

List of existing groups.

Description

Shows the description of the selected group in the list (if it was specified when the group was created)

Remove from position (0-3)

Field to enter the current position (number) of the object in the group.

Enter new position number for the object (0-3):

Specifies the new position number of objects in a group.

Number of objects (less than 4):

Specifies the number of objects, whose positions are changed.

This button changes the positions of objects in the group.

This button opens the Object Grouping dialog box to display the order of objects in the group.

This button changes the objects into their opposite order.

note: The order of object numbering is the order in which objects were selected  when they were added to the group. Numbering starts from 0.

 

note: You can change the positions of several objects at once.

 

The Highlight temporarily closes the Order Group dialog box and opens the Object Grouping dialog box:

Parameters:

The button for the previous object selection.

The button for the next object selection.

Object: 1

Shows the current position of the object in the group.

Total: 4

Shows the number of objects in the group.

note: A selected object is highlighted on the screen.

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