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You can select multiple annotations in a drawing and group them so they move together when you drag them. Ungroup annotations so they move independently.

Note and balloon grouped together

Orange handles indicate the note (5) is selected, black handles indicate other members of the group

Limitations of grouping:

  • All annotations that you group must belong to the same drawing view or to the same drawing sheet. For example, to group a note and balloon, both annotations must belong to the same drawing view or sheet. You cannot group a note that belongs to a sheet with a balloon that belongs to a view.

  • Hold down Alt and drag an annotation in a group, and the annotation moves independently, but it still remains in the group.

  • Select a note within a group, then create a block. Only the selected note is included in the block, and it is removed from the group. You must hold down Ctrl and select individual notes (even if they are grouped) to include them in a block.

  • When you edit a block, you cannot create a group of entities within the block.

  • If you delete an annotation in a group, the entire group is deleted.

To group annotations:

  1. In a drawing document, box-select or hold down Ctrl and select two or more annotations to group.

  2. Click Group on the Align toolbar, or click Tools, Align, Group, Group.

  3. Click an empty area of the drawing to clear all of the selections.

  4. Drag any annotation in the group.

The annotations move together as a single entity.

To ungroup annotations:

To ungroup the annotations, select an annotation in the group and click Ungroup on the Align toolbar, or click Tools, Align, Group, Ungroup.

To remove an annotation from a group:

You can remove an annotation from a group only if the group contains more than two annotations.

Right-click the annotation you want to remove from the group and select Group, Remove From Groups.

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