Microsoft KB Archive/168638

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PPT: No Action or Interactive Settings for Grouped Shapes

Article ID: 168638

Article Last Modified on 8/17/2005


  • Microsoft PowerPoint 95 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q168638


If you group several objects together, the Action Settings command on the Slide Show menu is unavailable (dimmed). If you right-click a group of objects, the Action Settings command is unavailable on the menu that appears.

In addition, if you group an object that has an action setting or interactive setting property with other objects, PowerPoint ignores those settings until you ungroup the object.


Although multiple objects that have been grouped together behave as though they are a single object with respect to being moved, sized, or copied, PowerPoint remembers that the group is made up of multiple objects. PowerPoint cannot apply or activate action settings or interactive settings to multiple objects simultaneously, so it disables these commands when you select a grouped object or multiple objects.


To apply action settings or interactive settings to a group of objects, first convert the group of objects to a single picture. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Select the group of objects.
  2. On the Edit menu, click Cut.
  3. On the Edit menu, click Paste Special.
  4. In the Paste Special dialog box, click Picture or click Picture (Enhanced Metafile).
  5. Click OK.

You can now apply action settings or interactive settings to the picture.


This feature is under review and will be considered for inclusion in a future release.

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