I am working on one of the app UI project where I need to move one group to different group in illustrator.Reference screen shot is added.

However when I want to move this group to another group, for some reason I am unable to do it.

Layers screen shot with groups

Basically I want to move contextmenu group to address-2 group but illustrator shows disabled state while moving.Even I can't ungroup contextmenu.

Can anyone help what I m doing wrong? What does small triangle in right top of contextmenu indicate?

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    Are you certain they are both merely groups? They've been renamed so its hard to tell... you can't move a layer or sublayer into a group.... guessing that contextmenu is a layer, not a group.
    – Scott
    Nov 28, 2017 at 12:19
  • I have first created symbol of context menu and then drag and drop it into another document and then break the symbol.I don't know whether it's a sublayer or group. Nov 28, 2017 at 12:24

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From my experience, only Layers and Sublayers will not move into a group due to hierarchy. The levels being Layer -> Sublayer -> Group. So, a Layer or Sublayer will never move into a group.

Chances are contextmenu is a layer/sublayer.

Based upon comments under the question, if it was a symbol which has been "broken", then it's most likely a sublayer, and sublayers can't be moved into groups.

To get around this... Select everything in contextmenu and group it, that will create a new <Group> in the layers panel which then can be moved.


You can't move an existing group into the other group. However, you can select both of the groups and group them together one more time. Also, it's a good practice to re-arrange objects into several layers. It will make your project more efficient and better organized.

What's the function of the triangle next to the red rectangle? - It basically says that all elements of context menu are selected and active.

  • Ok but why triangle doesn't come after selecting address-2? Nov 28, 2017 at 12:29
  • uhm.. you can move a group into another group. This is incorrect.
    – Scott
    Nov 28, 2017 at 12:45

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