Resizing multiple objects in Keynote

More like a note to self than a real Keynote protip, because for some reason I never seem to remember this little trick when I need it.

If you need to resize multiple objects in keynote, select them, then Arrange → Group.

Menu entry for grouping multiple objects to resize them in Keynote

Once they’ve been grouped, you’ll be able to resize them with your mouse.

Ungroup to get back to single objects.

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  1. Thanks.
    And I’ve been looking for resizing multiple objects with mouse like we do in Power Point. Is it possible in Keynote?

  2. Hi Franz! When I group everything, each piece loses its animation. Is there a way to resize multiple items without grouping them?

      1. I came here searching by the same trick. Scale several images without losing the animation. But there’s no way to do that.

        I think Apple is losing points. They didn’t think about this need. What should I do now? Take 20 animated objects, group them, loose the animation, scale them, redefine the animation (speed, when click or after, bounce…) to 20 objects?

        Apple wake up!

  3. With this procedure, the items are scaled but not the text. And true, once you group items and scale you lose all effects (ie. dissolve and timings) — poor implementation Apple – requires a fix ASAP.

    1. Hey guys I came here for the same thing! I don’t want to lose my animations and the text is being awfully resized. But we need to submit this at or the may never know. Please do it with me. I just signed up for this site just to say this.

      1. You can copy the animation (its a menu item) and then paste it back after ungrouping and grouping.

      2. I just got around it by increasing values under the size option after constraining the proportions.

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