How to Ungroup a Protected Shape in Visio

Written by kaia liamson
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If you try to ungroup a shape in Microsoft Visio, but nothing happens, the problem might be that you are trying to ungroup a protected object. In order to resolve the issue, make a change to the Shape Sheet to unlock the shape.

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  1. 1

    Click the object, then click "Show Shape Sheet" from the "Window" menu.

  2. 2

    Go to "Protection" and click the cell labelled "LockGroup."

  3. 3

    Change the number entered in the "LockGroup" cell to 0.

  4. 4

    Close the shape sheet and click "Grouping" on the "Shape" menu.

  5. 5

    Select "Ungroup" and click "OK."

  6. 6

    Click "Protection" on the "Format" menu and select "None," then click "OK."

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