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    Grouping autoshapes with chart (XP)

    Happy New Year everyone . . .

    Just read a "tip" that, in part, says I should add callout shapes to a chart, then group the shapes and the chart together so I can resize them as a group.

    Can't do it - I can group the autoshapes but when I Ctrl click on the chart, the autoshapes are deselected. I've attached the chart - I want the chart and the autoshapes to fit inside the clipart of the laptop.

    What's up with this? Help me again, please.

    Aunt Linda

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    Re: Grouping autoshapes with chart (XP)

    You mean like this?

    Steve

    PS. The key is that you group a chart object with the cliparts not the chart itself.

    Make a copy of the chart sheet.
    On this copy, delete the "laptop"
    right-click - location and add as an object in the chart sheet
    Size and move inside the laptop.
    Select the 2 objects and delete from the original
    select the chart and delete it.

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    Re: Grouping autoshapes with chart (XP)

    I see, said the blind man . . .

    The "tip" instructs the user to "select the chart, and press Ctrl while selecting the two callout shapes.

    I'll be emailing the author of this handy "tip" as soon as I finish this response to your most helpful post . . .

    Thanks, Steve - I'm going to share this with my students this evening - I wanted to close this semester with something cool and new.

    Aunt Linda

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    Re: Grouping autoshapes with chart (XP)

    I suspect the tip, was referring to a chart and callouts that are on a worksheet (charts on a sheet are chart objects) as opposed to a real "chart" that is on its own sheet.

    Charts on their own sheet are generally not "resized" at all (they fill the area) so the tip seems less useful for these.

    Your request seems a "special case" since the objects are on a chart sheet, but you do not have a real "chart" (just the chart object)

    Steve

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    Re: Grouping autoshapes with chart (XP)

    That's what I started to do but decided a chart on a separate sheet would be a better idea - that's what I get for thinking!

    Thanks again. Have a great day.

    Aunt Linda

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