So do you know about the good old Group command? Groups have been in AutoCAD for many years - but I find that so few people know about them. Over the years it has become increasingly more difficult to find the Group command in the AutoCAD menu system - but with AutoCAD 2012 you'll find Groups are now front and center on the Home tab of the ribbon! (Clearly they now have a much better PR agent!)
So with this High Rent real estate comes a new-found interest in this clever command. What exactly are groups? Why can I do with them?
Groups are very similar to blocks - but without all the stress.
A Group is a group of objects, that you name (just like a block). At any given time you can treat all the objects in a group as one object - or as individual objects. For example - you might want to create a group called Desk that contains a block of a desk, a block of a chair, a printer, etc. Any type of object can be included in your group.
Tip: The magical toggle to turn Groups On and Off is Shift+Control+A. Hit this combination whenever you need to turn the group on or off!
You'll start by using the GROUP command to create and name your group (even if you aren't on AutoCAD 2012). You can add members to the group down the line, or remove them - yadda yadda. You can even delete your group if you get tired of it!
Of course there is much more to Groups than meet the eye - so you might want to check out my Cadalyst Tips and Tricks video that goes into more detail (from a couple of weeks ago).