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Locking and unlocking elements

From: OmniGraffle Professional 5 Essential Training

Video: Locking and unlocking elements

Locking is pretty much standard procedure in a lot of programs. When an element or an entire document is done, or at least done for the time being, you can designate it Locked and then it won't be editable until you Unlock it. It's very useful in a lot of programs and it will be no surprise that OmniGraffle is able to lock things. We have got our Org Chart here and everything is done, but everything is still totally editable. If I select any object and then go up to the Toolbar where there is the Lock/Unlock button, I can click it once to be locked and you'll notice that its outline goes gray instead of blue and it also has those Xs and sure enough, if I try to drag it, it will not drag.

Locking and unlocking elements

Locking is pretty much standard procedure in a lot of programs. When an element or an entire document is done, or at least done for the time being, you can designate it Locked and then it won't be editable until you Unlock it. It's very useful in a lot of programs and it will be no surprise that OmniGraffle is able to lock things. We have got our Org Chart here and everything is done, but everything is still totally editable. If I select any object and then go up to the Toolbar where there is the Lock/Unlock button, I can click it once to be locked and you'll notice that its outline goes gray instead of blue and it also has those Xs and sure enough, if I try to drag it, it will not drag.

It is locked in place. Now if I did want to edit it, I could just select it and Unlock it, same button, to toggle. Now it's unlocked and again, it can be moved. Oftentimes I will want to Lock a whole document when I am done, and the convenient and common shortcut is Command+A to Select All, and then I can lock everything. Now even though these were all Locked together, if I need to edit one, like I notice this is a little low now, I can just Unlock a single element, move it, and then Lock it back up again.

The whole purpose of a Lock is to feel secure and it should make us feel secure that OmniGraffle has a simple locking mechanism that works really well. Locking is useful for several reasons. Sometimes you will use it when things were just close together on the canvas and you're having trouble selecting the right part, you can lock the parts that you don't want to edit for the moment. Also, as your document gets close to conclusion and you have got a lot of time invested in it, you are going to want to Lock it, just so you don't make inadvertent changes.

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  1. 1m 44s
    1. Welcome
      53s
    2. Using the exercise files
      51s
  2. 3m 8s
    1. What OmniGraffle does
      1m 9s
    2. Understanding objects in OmniGraffle
      1m 59s
  3. 6m 11s
    1. Navigating the interface
      2m 20s
    2. Understanding the Stencil window and inspectors
      1m 37s
    3. Creating your first diagram
      2m 14s
  4. 6m 52s
    1. Creating and manipulating shapes
      2m 18s
    2. Connecting shapes with lines
      2m 27s
    3. Creating text elements
      2m 7s
  5. 14m 52s
    1. Styling shapes
      2m 16s
    2. Aligning and distributing shapes
      2m 6s
    3. Combining shapes into groups
      1m 51s
    4. Styling lines
      2m 43s
    5. Controlling text
      4m 7s
    6. Locking and unlocking elements
      1m 49s
  6. 8m 5s
    1. Understanding stencils and the Stencils window
      2m 9s
    2. Finding and installing stencils
      1m 45s
    3. Using stencils
      2m 1s
    4. Creating a custom stencil
      2m 10s
  7. 15m 47s
    1. Replicating shapes with the Rubber Stamp tool
      1m 7s
    2. Replicating styles with the Style brush
      1m 13s
    3. Adding connected shapes with the Diagram tool
      2m 8s
    4. Using automatic layouts
      2m 25s
    5. Understanding diagram styles
      1m 55s
    6. Creating your own diagram styles
      2m 53s
    7. Quickly building a diagram with the Outline sidebar
      2m 31s
    8. Making multiple selections with the Selection inspector
      1m 35s
  8. 29m 0s
    1. Drawing custom shapes with the Pen tool
      2m 5s
    2. Editing custom shapes with the Selection tool
      1m 39s
    3. Controlling connections with magnets
      3m 26s
    4. Using connecting shapes
      1m 36s
    5. Creating tables
      1m 20s
    6. Working with canvases, layers, and shared layers
      5m 37s
    7. Creating collapsible subgraphs
      2m 9s
    8. Adding interactivity with the Action inspector
      5m 42s
    9. Adjusting rulers and unit scale
      3m 24s
    10. Exploring preferences
      2m 2s
  9. 9m 18s
    1. Importing images
      2m 37s
    2. Importing from other diagramming applications
      2m 8s
    3. Importing from OmniOutliner
      1m 57s
    4. Importing folder structures from the Finder
      2m 36s
  10. 5m 24s
    1. Printing
      1m 47s
    2. Exporting
      1m 49s
    3. Presentation mode
      1m 48s
  11. 15s
    1. Goodbye
      15s

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