Group, layer, and lock objects

You can convert multiple objects to one object (for example, to make it easier to move sets of objects), and lock objects so that you can’t inadvertently move them. You can also layer objects with other objects, to create the effect of depth on the page.

Here’s an example of two shapes grouped together as one object:

Objects grouped together

Group or ungroup objects

Do any of the following:

  • Group objects: Command-click the objects and choose Arrange > Group.

  • Ungroup a grouped object: Select it and choose Arrange > Ungroup.

    If Ungroup is dimmed, the object might be locked. Choose Arrange > Unlock.

  • Select an object that’s been grouped with others: Click the object once to select the group, and again to select the individual object.

    If clicking once doesn’t select the individual object you want, it may be nested in many layers of grouping. Click again until the object you want is selected.

Connect objects with a line

When you want to draw a line between objects, use a connection line (rather than drawing the line as a separate object). You can move and modify objects joined with a connection line. You can join only two objects at a time, but you can connect multiple objects by repeating the process.

  1. Command-click the two objects you want to join, and choose Insert > Connection Line.

    A straight line appears between the objects.

  2. To modify the line, click it so that editing points appear, and do any of the following:

    • Make the line curved: Drag the white point near the center of the line.

    • Create a gap between a line and an object (so that the line and object aren’t actually touching): Drag a blue editing point. If you want to create an equal gap between the two objects and the connection line, hold down the Option key and drag the blue editing point.

    • Change the appearance of the line: Modify the object or line as you would any other object.

    Objects connected by a line with editing points

Layer objects

Multiple objects or objects and text can be overlapped to create the effect of depth on the page. When you overlap multiple objects or text and objects, you can change how the items are arranged in the stack.

Two layered objects with menu options visible
  1. Select an object.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Move an object a layer at a time: Choose Arrange > Bring Forward or Arrange > Send Backward.

    • Move an object to the very top or bottom of the stack: Choose Arrange > Bring to Front or Arrange > Send to Back.

Lock or unlock objects

You can lock floating and anchored objects to avoid inadvertently moving them as you work. You can’t lock inline objects.

After you lock individual or grouped objects, you can’t move, delete, or modify them in any way until you unlock them. When you copy (duplicate) a locked object, the new object is also locked.

Do one of the following:

  • Lock objects: Select the objects you want to lock, and choose Arrange > Lock.

  • Unlock objects: Select the objects you want to unlock, and choose Arrange > Unlock.