Group Selecting Assets (Web)

Group Select allows you to organize one or more workspace assets, which is useful when you want to simultaneously make changes to multiple assets – such as aligning, duplicating, or moving.

There are three ways to group select assets:

  1. Ensure pan mode is turned off. Click and drag your mouse pointer to form a border around multiple assets.
  2. Shift + Click to select each asset individually, allowing you to group them in :pan: Pan mode.

Note: This action changes navigation from Pan mode to :select_blue_: Select mode.

A blue border forms around the individual assets and the assets as a group. In addition, a toolbar of options appears.

  1. You can also group select assets using the lasso tool, which lets you trace a free-form line.

To group select using the lasso tool:

  1. Press L on your keyboard.
  2. Your mouse cursor becomes a crosshair with a lasso/loop to indicate that the lasso tool is activated. Click and drag your mouse.
  3. Any assets that fall within the shaded area you trace become surrounded by a blue boundary box. This means they are selected.
  4. To exit from lasso tool mode, press L on your keyboard again.

Performing Actions on Grouped Assets

After you group select assets, you can move them simultaneously by dragging the highlighted grouped assets.

For a group of mixed assets (in other words, a group of different types of assets, such as images, notecards, text, and shapes), the associated toolbar allows you to perform additional actions.

Group Assets Toolbar

Click to view options for Grouped Assets
  • Pin – Attach the asset group to the workspace, making it stationary.
  • Present – Showcase the grouped assets in a presentation format.
  • Alignment – Organize the assets along a horizontal or vertical line.
  • More Options :more_options:
    • Attach to – You can attach one asset to another in a workspace. For more information, read Attaching Workspace Assets
    • Resize to original – Assets are resized to their original size.
    • Create Canvas – A canvas is created around selected assets.
    • Create Grid – Identify a specific number of rows and columns while specifying the cell width and height; your designations dictate the format of the grouped assets.
    • Create Template – Form assets into structured workspace content that can be used and re-used dynamically.
    • Download – Download the asset group.
    • Download as ZIP – Download the asset group as a compressed ZIP file.
    • Arrange –
      • Use Send to Front or Send to Back to determine if the grouped assets appear in the foreground or background.
      • Move Forward or Move Backward to move objects either forward or backward by one layer.
    • Duplicate – Create copies of the selected assets.
    • Delete – Remove the selected assets from the workspace.

Group Selecting Like Assets

When you group select a group consisting of only one type of native Bluescape assets, the available options are different. For example, you can perform specific actions on a group of only shapes, only text, or only notecards.

This allows you to perform bulk actions on assets to modify them simultaneously, saving time by avoiding the need to change them each individually.

Shapes

After you group select a group of shapes, the following toolbar displays:

Click to view options for Shapes
  • Shapes – Change each shape into a different shape. For example, change a group of 10 squares into 10 circles.
  • Border Color – Change the border color of each shape in the group.
  • Fill Color – Change the fill color of each shape in the group.
  • Border Width – Change the border width of each shape in the group.
  • Add Text – Insert text into the shape.
  • Align – Organize the assets along a horizontal or vertical line.
  • More Options :more_options:
    • Pin – Attach the group to the workspace, making it stationary.
    • Present – Showcase the grouped assets in a presentation format.
    • Create Canvas – Add a canvas that encompasses the asset group.
    • Create Template – Form assets into structured workspace content that can be used and re-used dynamically.
    • Download – Download the asset group as a PNG file.
    • Download as ZIP – Download the asset group as a compressed ZIP file.
    • Export CSV – Download the group as a CSV file.
    • Arrange –
      • Use Send to Front or Send to Back to determine if the grouped assets appear in the foreground or background.
      • Move Forward or Move Backward to move objects either forward or backward by one layer.
    • Duplicate – Create copies of the selected assets.
    • Delete – Remove the selected assets from the workspace.

Text

When you group select a group of text boxes, the following toolbar displays:

Click to view options for Text
  • Font – Allows you to select a font to apply to all text in the group. There are 33 available fonts.
  • Font size – This allows you to make each text in the group larger or smaller.
  • Style – This allows you to select bold, italics, underline, and strikethrough to apply to all text in the group.
  • Alignment – Allows you to align all text in the group to the right, left, or center.
  • Bullet – Allows you to add bullets or numbering to all text in the group.
  • Text Color – This Allows you to change all text in the group to a different color.
  • Highlight Color – Allows you to highlight all text in the group with a certain color.
  • Background Color – This Allows you to change the background color of all text boxes.
  • Add Link – This allows you to add a hyperlink that opens a new browser tab.
  • More Options :more_options:
    • Pin – Attach the asset group to the workspace, making it stationary.
    • Present – Showcase the grouped assets in a presentation format.
    • Create Canvas – Add a canvas that encompasses the asset group.
    • Create Template – Form assets into structured workspace content that can be used and re-used dynamically.
    • Download – Download the asset group as a PNG file.
    • Download as ZIP – Download the asset group as a compressed ZIP file.
    • Align – Organize the assets along a standard horizontal or vertical line.
    • Arrange –
      • Use Send to Front or Send to Back to determine if the grouped assets appear in the foreground or background.
      • Move Forward or Move Backward to move objects either forward or backward by one layer.
    • Duplicate – Create copies of the selected assets.
    • Delete – Remove the selected assets from the workspace.

Notecards

After you group select a group of notecards, the following toolbar displays:

Click to view options for Notecards
  • Shape – Change the selected notecards into a different shape.
  • Fill Color – Change the fill color of each notecard in the group.
  • Notecard Size – Change each notecard in the group to Small , Medium , or Large size.
  • Add Text – Insert text into the notecard.
  • Align – Organize the assets along a common horizontal or vertical line.
  • More Options :more_options:
    • Pin – Attach the asset group to the workspace, making it stationary.
    • Present – Showcase the grouped assets in a presentation format.
    • Create Canvas – Add a canvas that encompasses the asset group.
    • Create Template – Form assets into structured workspace content that can be used and re-used dynamically.
    • Download – Download the asset group as a PNG file.
    • Download as ZIP – Download the asset group as a compressed ZIP file.
    • Export CSV – Download the group as a CSV file.
    • Arrange –
      • Use Send to Front or Send to Back to determine if the grouped assets appear in the foreground or background.
      • Move Forward or Move Backward to move objects either forward or backward by one layer.
    • Duplicate – Create copies of the selected assets.
    • Delete – Remove the selected assets from the workspace.

Resizing Group Selected Assets

You can easily resize assets when you group select them. This allows you to adjust the size of multiple assets simultaneously.

Note: You may bulk resize any workspace asset, except for the following:

  • Smart Grids
  • Unconnected lines

To resize group selected assets:

  1. Group select the assets you want to resize.
  2. A blue border with anchor points encloses the assets. Click one of the anchor points and drag outward or inward to adjust the size to scale.

You can return the assets to their original size at any time. See Placing Assets in a Workspace.

Add an Asset to Grouped Assets

To add an asset to an existing asset group, click and drag the new asset to the destination and re-group.

Remove an Asset from Grouped Assets

To remove an asset from the asset group, click and drag the selected asset (move to another part of the workspace) or use the :more_options: (More) icon to delete.

Deselect a Group of Assets

Click anywhere in the workspace outside the selected group to deselect an asset group.

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