Flash Tip: Grouping and Ungrouping Objects

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Introduction

Whenever you have individual shapes, both their fills and strokes can be selected and moved individually in Flash. However, if you want to move them all together while maintaining their spatial relation to each other, it can be a bit of a pain trying to select them all at once repeatedly, and even more annoying to move them one at a time and then try to reposition them in relation to each other.

What you can do, instead, is group them all together so that you only have to select them once. You can select all the objects that you wish to group by drawing a bounding box around them using the Arrow tool, or else by clicking on one before shift+clicking to select additional objects.

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Grouping

Then click on Modify->Group.

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Example

Now all of your objects are surrounded by a blue bounding box, linking them as a single object that you can move, scale, rotate, or apply any transformation to universally.

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Ungrouping

When you're ready to ungroup the objects so that you can edit them individually, just click Modify->Ungroup.