Copying an item from a group copies the whole group

andrew shared this problem 5 years ago
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I have a prototype with many groups, and I often need to copy an element from within a group. When I select an object within a group either by clicking on it or by selecting it in the Outline, then try to copy only that item, the entire group is copied. This occurs whether I try to duplicate the item, copy the item, or cut and paste.


Currently in order to extract an item from a group I have to ungroup the group, copy the item, then re-group. My project is only getting more complex with more groups so what was an annoyance is becoming a major impediment. Please tell me I am missing something!


Using 5.5 on Windows

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We currently don't have that feature, but I will let our engineers know about it.

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I'm sorry, but could you clarify that? Is this an identified issue that will (hopefully) be fixed, or does the application force ungrouping in order to extract a widget on purpose as a feature?

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Some customers also asked if they can copy/paste an item from a group (and not the whole group). I will add this to our customer's wishlist. For now, I think one way to do it is to ungroup and then copy/paste the item you want.

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I have found a way to copy an object from a group:


1) select the object you want to copy (some clicks might be needed to get to the object)


2) click and drag the object with the Ctrl key pressed (like you wanted to copy the object). Drag it outside the group that contains the object.


3) You get a copy of the object, and not of the whole group.


But I had no luck trying to add an object to an existing group. Seems it was solved in version 4.6.1, but cannot make it work in version 5.5.0


Alex