Group, lock, duplicate and copy objects in Adobe XD.

Group objects

You can combine several objects into a group so that the objects are treated as a single unit. You can then move or transform a group of objects without affecting their attributes or relative positions. For example, you can group the objects in a logo design so that you can move and scale the logo as one unit. You can ungroup the group to get back the editing control on individual components again.

You can also edit fill and stroke properties for all objects within a group at a group level.

Groups can also be nested. They can be grouped within other objects or groups to form larger groups.

  1. Select the objects to be grouped or the group to be ungrouped.

  2. On Mac, choose either Object > Group or Object > Ungroup from the main menu, or select Group or Ungroup from the context menu.

    On Windows, select the objects to be grouped or ungrouped, right-click, and select Group or Ungroup from the context menu.

You can also group objects using the Layers panel. For more information on layers, see Work with layers.

Select objects in a group

Normally, you can select an object by simply clicking on it. When the object is part of a group, the whole group is selected when you click the object. To select an object in a group, double-click or Cmd + click / Ctrl + Click the object in the group.

Group objects
Group objects

Lock and unlock objects

Locking objects prevents you from selecting and editing them.

  • On Mac, select the object and click Object > Lock. Or, right-click the object and select Lock from the context menu.
  • On Windows, right-click the object and select Lock from the context menu.

When you lock an object, a lock icon appears when you select it.

To unlock objects, select them and click the lock icon, or click Object > Unlock.


You can also use the lock/unlock options in the Layers panel.

Lock objects
Lock objects

Duplicate objects

Select one or more objects. Option‑drag (Mac) or Alt-drag (Windows) the selection (but not a handle on the bounding box). On Mac, you can also click Edit > Duplicate to duplicate an object.

Copy and paste objects

You can select an object or group of objects, copy them (Ctrl + C or Cmd + C), and paste them (Ctrl + V or Cmd + V) onto multiple artboards, allowing you to quickly replicate it across many artboards. When you paste them, XD intelligently places them in the same X and Y location where the original object was located. This feature is especially useful while copying headers or footers across multiple artboards.


If the artboard is selected but is not within the viewport, then XD does not paste on that artboard.

You can also copy an object's style, and paste that style onto other objects or text elements in your project. Copy the object, right-click (on Windows) or Ctrl-click (on Mac) another object, and select Paste Appearance. The object formatting alone is copied and pasted.

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