Working with Group Shapes in Word Documents

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Sometimes you need to add a group shape into a Word document. Such a group shape consists of multiple shapes.

In Microsoft Word, you can quickly add a group shape using the Group command/button. Individual shapes in a group can be moved separately.

In Aspose.Words it is very easy to add a group shape using GroupShape class. Shape is created separately using Shape class and then added in GroupShape object using AppendChild method.

Below are some of the Shape types supported in Aspose.Words. For complete list, please visit ShapeType:

  • Rectangle
  • RoundRectangle
  • RoundRectangle
  • Ellipse
  • Diamond
  • Triangle
  • RightTriangle
  • Parallelogram
  • Trapezoid
  • Hexagon
  • Octagon


Add a group shape into a Word document.

package AddGroupShape;
import Aspose.Words.*;
import Aspose.Words.Drawing.*;
import Aspose.Words.Fields.*;
public class Program
	public static void main(String[] args)
		Aspose.Words.Document doc = new Aspose.Words.Document();
		GroupShape gs = new GroupShape(doc);
		Aspose.Words.Drawing.Shape shape = new Aspose.Words.Drawing.Shape(doc, Aspose.Words.Drawing.ShapeType.AccentBorderCallout1);
		shape.Width = 100;
		shape.Height = 100;
		Aspose.Words.Drawing.Shape shape1 = new Aspose.Words.Drawing.Shape(doc, Aspose.Words.Drawing.ShapeType.ActionButtonBeginning);
		shape1.Left = 100;
		shape1.Width = 100;
		shape1.Height = 200;
	        gs.Width = 200;
		gs.Height = 200;
		gs.CoordSize = new System.Drawing.Size(200, 200);
		DocumentBuilder builder = new DocumentBuilder(doc);