Steps to create a copy of a group of parts on PCB view, and move the whole duplicated group to a new location.
- starting from outside of the PCB boundary, drag select to highlight all of the parts to be included in the group
<ctrl> click on the PCB board to remove it from the selection
<ctrl> click on any selected parts that are not wanted in the group
- Duplicate on the Edit menu (or
<ctrl> D from the keyboard)
- click and drag DIRECTLY on one of the selected parts
After duplication, all of the parts in the new copy of the group are selected. As long as the first click is on one of the select parts, the whole group is manipulated during the drag.
After duplication, with the whole (copied) group still selected, you can also use Inspector to position the group. Just change the location information. Helpful when you want a clean fixed offset for the group. That also works to move a group without duplicating it. Remember to note the group position before duplicating, since that will be the reference needed to calculate the offset position.
As you found, the breadboard can also be moved out of the way initially. I prefer to not do that. I ‘lock’ it, so that even when it is accidentally selected, the board does not move. It’s too easy to click drag it without noticing when zoomed so the edges can not be seen. In that case, you can not even see that the pcb is selected.
You can also use
<ctrl> click to both add and remove parts from a group selection. If the area is crowded, it can be easier to select the group by clicking a single part, then use
<ctrl> click to add other individual parts to the group one at a time.