Edit Groups

You can modify groups in a number of ways, including changing their membership, modifying their properties, revising the names and descriptions of groups, and removing them from the drawing.

Edit Objects as a Group

When group selection is turned on, you can move, copy, rotate, and modify groups just as you can modify individual objects. If you need to edit objects within a group, turn off group selection or use grips to edit individual objects. For more information, see Select Objects in Groups.

In some circumstances, it is useful to control the order in which objects that belong to the same group are selected. For example, a custom routine that generates toolpaths for numerical control devices might depend on a series of contiguous objects in a specified order.

You can reorder group members in two ways: either change the numerical position of individual members or ranges of group members, or reverse the order of all members. The first object in each group is number 0, not number 1.

Change Group Components, Name, or Description

You can specify objects to be added to or removed from a group at any time. You can also rename a group or change it’s description. If deleting an object or removing it from a group leaves the group empty, the group remains defined but without any members.

NoteExploding an object such as a block or hatch that belongs to a group does not automatically add the resulting components to any group.

Remove Groups

You can delete a group definition, to ungroup the contained objects.

As a result, objects are ungrouped but not otherwise changed.

To delete a group
  1. In the drawing area, select a group.
  2. Click Home tabGroups panelUngroup. At the Command prompt, enter ungroup

    The objects are ungrouped.

To reorder group members
  1. Click Home tabGroups panelNamed Groups. At the Command prompt, enter classicgroup.
  2. In the Object Grouping dialog box, under Change Group, click Re-Order.
  3. In the Order Group dialog box, under Group Name, select the group to reorder.
  4. To view the current order of this group, click Highlight.
  5. In the Object Grouping dialog box, click Next or Previous to view the objects. Click OK when you have finished viewing the order of the objects.
  6. In the Order Group dialog box, under Remove From Position, enter an object number.
  7. Under Enter New Position Number for the Object, enter a new position.
  8. Under Number of Objects, enter the object number or range of numbers to reorder. Click Re-Order.
  9. Click OK to close each dialog box.
To add or remove objects
  1. Click Home tabGroups panelGroup Edit. At the Command prompt, enter groupedit.
  2. In the drawing area, select a group’
  3. At the prompt, do one of the following:
    • enter a to add objects
    • enter r to remove objects
  4. Select objects to add to, or remove from, the group.
  5. Press Enter.

    The objects are added to, or removed from, the selected group.

To rename a group
  1. Click Home tabGroups panelGroup Edit. At the Command prompt, enter groupedit.
  2. In the drawing area, select a group’
  3. At the prompt, enter rename.
  4. Enter a new name.
  5. Press Enter.

    The group is renamed.


Opens the legacy Object Grouping dialog box.


Adds and removes objects from the selected group, or renames a selected group.


Disassociates the objects from a group.

System Variables

Controls the use of group selection and associative hatch selection.