Working and Editing Grouped Objects in AutoCAD!

We already discussed, what grouped objects are and how to Create AutoCAD Groups. Today we are going to look at how to Edit them!

Add and Remove objects from a Group

This is one of the most commonly used tool for Groups since there is always something that we want to add or remove…

To Add objects to an existing Group we will follow these simple steps:

  1. First, we click on Group Edit button located in Home tab under Group ribbon, or simply type in GROUPEDIT
    Editing existing Groups In AutoCAD
  2. Secondly, we select the group we want to edit.
  3. Now AutoCAD will provide us three options – Add Objects, Remove Objects and REName. Here we choose Add objects.
    Learn how to add objects to an Existing group AutoCAD
  4. After choosing the Add option we just have to select the new objects we to Add and hit Enter.
    Add Objects to an Existing group!

To Remove objects from an existing Group we have to go through the same procedure. The only difference is that in step 3 we have to choose Remove Objects and then select object to be removed.

There is a second way to Add and Remove objects from an existing Group – using -GROUP command with “-” infront!

The procedure is a little bit different though. This time, when we choose Add (or Remove) Option AutoCAD asks us for the group’s name instead of selecting it from the drawing. However, once we have typed the Group’s name everything else is the same.

Rename an existing Group

As mentioned in the previous post about Groups, it is good to assign them names, in order to keep drawings well arranged and easy for editing.

Still, sometimes we might forget to type in a name for our group when we create it, or we just want to change it to something that will make more sense. To do that we are going to follow next 4 steps:

  1. First, we click on Group Edit button or type on the command line GROUPEDIT
  2. Secondly, we select the group we want to edit.
  3. This time we choose REName option.
  4. AutoCAD will prompt Select a new name for group or [?] < current group name >:
    How to Rename an Existing Group in AutoCAD
    Here we just type in the new name and hit Enter!

Renaming can again be done by -GROUP command, the procedure will be the same as in the previous section.

-GROUP Command

We already mentioned some of the functionality of this Command. Apart from Adding and Removing objects from an Existing Groups and Renaming them, we can also:
how to work with groups in AutoCAD


Order changes the numerical order of the objects in a group. This is useful when creating tool paths.
Upon starting the command it is in Position Number mode – Specifies the position number of the objects to reorder. Reordering a lot of objects is done by specifying the first object’s number.
If we choose Revise Order – AutoCAD reverses the order of all members in the group


Works the same as UNGROUP command – Deletes a group definition.

Note: If you use normal Explode command it will delete the group definition and also will explode all the objects!


Specifies if a group is selectable or not. When it is selectable, selecting one object in the group will select the whole group. (Works like PICKSTYLE System Variable which we discussed in the previous post, but only for the selected Group). Also if you have created a huge group and you don’t want someone to be able to ungroup you can make it unselectable, that way it will be safe from ungrouping.

Note: Objects in frozen or locked layers will not be selected even if the group is selectable.


Just another way to create a Group.

Group Manager

We can find Group Manager by clicking on drop-down arrow under groups. Or using command CLASSICGROUP.

Under Group Manager we can find practically everything related to Groups – Add, Remove Objects, Turn on/off Selectability, Find, Rename, Re-Order and Highlight. It is really well organized and you can find everything related to your groups here.

Find a Specific Group

When we have a complex drawing, with a lot of stuff in it, sometimes we might need to find the group that we did a few hours ago. This can be easily achieved by Highlight function. We just choose the group we want to find and click on Highlight button, then the group we wanted will be highlighted!
Group manager for AutoCAD how to work with it!

How to to Identify Which Groups an Object belongs to?

This again is done with the help of Group Manager. After opening it, under Group Identification we click on Find Name, and then we have to select the object whose groups we want to view. The Group Manager will show us a list – Group Member List with the groups the object belongs to!


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