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In InDesign CS4 Power Shortcuts, Adobe product manager and designer Michael Ninness reveals hundreds of tips to boost productivity, including the top 20 power shortcuts every InDesign user must know. From placing multiple images to the hidden power of Quick Apply, each one of these videos covers an important topic, and includes just the right amount of information to make anyone a true InDesign power user. InDesign users are always looking for faster, more efficient ways to do everything, and this course offers just what they're looking for. Exercise files accompany the course.
I would like to talk to you about what lock means in InDesign, because if you're coming from Illustrator, they don't necessarily mean the same thing. So perhaps you've run into this in InDesign where you try to move an object. So for instance, this background rectangle here, this tinted back rectangle. I can select it and then I try to go move it and it won't move. Like well, why isn't it moving? I can select it. Because lock in InDesign means lock position. It doesn't mean lock selection. So in Illustrator when you lock a file or lock an object rather in a file, it's protected.
You can't edit it. You can't delete it. You can't even select it. In InDesign, Lock means lock position. In fact, if I go to the Object menu, you'll see that there's a command here. It's grayed out, because this object that I selected is already locked. But the command is not Lock. The command is Lock Position. All that means is you can't accidentally move it or delete it. In fact, when you try to move it, it's subtle, but you will see your cursor change into a little Lock icon. That's really the only clue you get that the object you're trying to act on has been locked.
You can lock as many items as you want. You do it one at a time, based on their selection. If I want this yellow rectangle to be locked, I can click on it and I can go to the Object menu and say Lock Position. It's got its own keyboard shortcut, Command+L or Ctrl+L. Now when I deselect, again I have no visual clue here that these things are locked. If I do a Select All, Command+A, Ctrl+A, again they don't really look any different. They look like any normal object that's been selected, but if I were to hit Delete, it's kind of a harsh command here, but I will go ahead and hit the Delete key. You will see everything on that page goes away except those locked items.
So I am going to go ahead and undo that. Command+Z or Ctrl+Z. So how do you unlock everything, if you don't really know what's locked to begin with? Well, if you want to get rid of everything that's locked or unlock everything on a particular page or spread, go ahead and do a Command+A to select everything and then under the Object menu, you'll see the Unlock Position command, Command+Option+L or Ctrl+Alt+L on Windows. And because everything was selected, since locking in InDesign doesn't prevent you from selecting, if I choose Unlock Position after I do a Select All, then everything on that page or spread will now be available to select, and move, and delete, and edit, whatever it is that you want to do to the particular object.
So that's the difference between lock and lock position, and now you know it.
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