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Locking objects

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Locking objects

Whenever you are mixing a carefully designed page with a user adding things to that page, or possibly manipulating things on that page, it's a good idea to lock the objects down so they won't get bumped around. For a science lesson, for example, in which we're going to have students drag the name of the, the name of the equipment to the appropriate locations. We want to be wary of them dragging the beaker across, and then moving the arrow and moving the beaker itself, and so there is an easy solution to this dilemma.

And that is we're going to go ahead and lock these objects down. So I want to first select these four arrows, and I want to select my science equipment and I do this selection using Marquee select. So I'm going to draw a rectangle around all of the equipment. All of these things are selected. Drop down menu, and now I'm going to go to the word Lock. And I have a couple options here, I have Lock in Place, Allow Move, and Allow Move and Rotate.

For this, I think I just want to lock those in place, they don't need to be moved, ever. So I'm going to go ahead and lock them in place and they're good to go. Now they're going to drag that word beaker over, and they're going to put the beaker right there on that arrow. Now, wait a minute, there's probably some kid in that class, who as he's moving that word beaker, he's going to go huh, I wonder if I can change that into an inappropriate word or maybe I could just delete that word, all together. So I also want to put a little protection on the word beaker. So again, I'm going to put the same protection on all of these names.

And so I'm going to marquee select across all of the names. And I'm going to drop down menu, and I'm going to go to the world Lock. Only this time I'm going to be locking it but allowing them to move. There also is the ability to allow move and rotate. And that's particularly good for if you were working with puzzle pieces that you did not want to get deleted, but you wanted someone to be able to move them and to rotate this. In this case, we're going to choose Allow Move. And now all of these objects are locked in place, and these ones cannot be moved, and these ones can be moved, but they cannot be deleted.

Very nice. Now on this page, I've got a lot of objects, and I need to lock them all in place. Now there is an easy way to lock everything on a page in place, and that is, I'm going to go over there to my menu bar. And I'm going to select Edit, Select All. And that, just like Marquee Select, has selected all the objects on the page. Then, using one of the drop down menus, does not matter which one I choose, I'm going to go ahead and drop down, and select Lock in Place. And that's a quick and easy way to lock everything in place.

There's also a keyboard shortcut for locking, Control+K. And for unlocking, Control+J. And that'll help you, that'll save you a lot of time as well. When you've created a page with multiple objects that require moving, or a page that you want protection from accidental manipulation, then you are going to want to employ your locking skills and lock down those objects.

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