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I have the following objects that I need to combine them in one object

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When I press Ctrl + +, which is union, all rectangulars become grey as follows:

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If I press Ctrl + k, which is combine, all rectangulars become blue as follows:

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How can I combine all rectangulars while keeping the original colors? Thanks!

Update: Each rectangular along with its text is one object. I combined them using Ctrl + -, which is difference. I don't know if this may help.

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    Make a group (CTRL+G) – Billy Kerr Nov 4 '17 at 15:04
  • Thanks! It worked. But what is the difference between combine and grouping then?. Also, please write your comment as an answer so I accept it and it may help others. Thanks again. – AhmedWas Nov 4 '17 at 15:06
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    OK, I added an answer, and also answered your second question on the difference with combine. – Billy Kerr Nov 4 '17 at 18:07
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Use a group instead. The shortcut is CTRL+G

Combining objects actually joins the objects as one (combined) path, and one path can only have one fill. So that makes it practically useless if you want more than one fill.

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  • Well this answer is so obvious that one hesitates. Thumbs up. @AhmedWas groups are useful for moving stuff in sync, but also rather limiting for other combined "treatments". You could share more context or "why" with your next question. – Martin Zaske Nov 4 '17 at 18:20
  • Oops, this rotten small screen. I had upvoted this answer and then touched accidently and now they locked it... – Martin Zaske Nov 4 '17 at 18:22
  • @MartinZaske Obvious yes, but only if you know! Anyway, I made an edit to the answer, so you should be able to vote again. – Billy Kerr Nov 4 '17 at 19:56
  • good, one of 3 upvotes is mind, I like kindness towards beginner questions because I did and do need that still – Martin Zaske Nov 5 '17 at 8:14

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