Grouping in Canva: The Long Way & Short Cut

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Even if someone builds a better mousetrap, there is always going to be someone who wants an even better mousetrap.

It’s how the world works, and frankly, it’s how we continue to innovate, so I’m not really complaining here.

My point is, Canva was invented so we wouldn’t all have to become design wizards, pouring hours into Photoshop training. It’s achieved that. But, even so, we want shortcuts for the shortcut. (There are a host of Canva keyboard shortcuts and hacks to play around with.)

The one we are specifically focusing on right now is grouping.

Now, I must say, I’m surprised to see this one hit my inbox so much, simply because “grouping” is something you can do across word processors, basic paint programs, and more.

But, I then have to remind myself, if someone is asking for it, it must not be that clear of a solution–or that there might be a better way to go about doing so than however they’re currently going about it.

How to Group in Canva

To group in Canva, select the elements you want grouped and then navigate to the top right of your canvas and select “Group.” Or, press “command/ctrl” and then click the letter “G.”

Simply put, if you click and drag your mouse to select multiple elements, you’ve pseudo-grouped them together for further re-arrangement. If you want to make the grouping permanent, execute the steps above.

That’s it. In doing so, the elements you’ve currently selected will now be grouped together.

Let’s see it in an example.

Say I spent hours crafting this really sweet Frankenstein-ish looking character.

Upon finishing, I realize I want to give him a bit of a facelift in order to see more of his jawline.

Unless I want to painstakingly drag every element on its own, I can group all of the elements together, and re-position them in one fell swoop.

First, select the elements you’d like to group.

Then, navigate to the top right of the screen and click “Group.”

Alternatively, you don’t have to move the mouse at all, and instead, hit “command/ctrl” + “g” to group the elements.

Now, everything is grouped together, and I can move it all as if it was one piece, rather than shift-clicking every element I wanted control of.

How to Ungroup Elements in Canva

To ungroup elements in Canva, select the elements you want ungrouped and then navigate to the top right of your canvas and select “Unroup.” Or, press “command/ctrl” + “Shift” + “G” as the shortcut.

That’s it! I don’t see any other potential hurdles, but please be sure to leave a comment or email me if you find yourself needing more out of this.

Are you on Canva Pro, or simply the free version? If Canva is in fact a tool you’re loving, Canva Pro gives you even more reasons for such love, with the ability to magically resize designs, upload custom fonts, and so much more.

Alternatively, Snappa also makes it easy to create any type of online graphic, and I’m starting to use it more and more.

Or, just pay $5 for someone on Fiverr to create it for you. I’ve definitely swallowed my pride a few times and just hired a freelancer on Fiverr for quick turnaround, and often receiving something better than I could have done myself. 

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