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Locking and unlocking objects

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Video: Locking and unlocking objects

There are times when you'll want to see an object but

Locking and unlocking objects

There are times when you'll want to see an object but not be able to move it, and this is called locking. And we can do this using the entity info window. So let's take a look at this. Let's say we're working with this house and we want to start playing with stuff in the yard but we've got this fence in the way. And we want to still have the fence visible but we don't want to select or move the fence. So what I can do is I can select one or more fence objects here and simply right-click above them and go into our entity info window.

And you'll notice here we have an option here called locked. So if I select that, notice how it turns red. Now once I get out of this, so you see I can select and move the fence here but I can't do it here. If I click above this and try to move it, it won't let me. You see it gets a little no sign here. I can move that. I can move this, this, I can move anything in the scene but that fence, and this is because it's locked. I can select the fence, but I can't move it, or rotate it, or do anything else with it.

Now, if we go into our outliner, you'll see that this fence has a different icon here. This one here is a group, this one is a lock. So you can see that this is locked. Now if I wanted to, I could lock all of the fencing. All I have to do is Shift+Select in my outliner. Select all of those objects there, and again, right-click, go in to edit the info, and I can lock multiple ones. Now, notice how one of these is locked but the other ones aren't, so this shows gray. Now I can unlock them or lock them. So, if I lock them, they all turn red.

Unlock them all, they all turn blue. Now, notice how, in the outliner, how their icon changes. That's locked, this is unlocked. So if I lock them all, close this out. Now, when I go to move things, I don't get to move anything on the fence. But I can move everything else in the yard. So, those are some of the basics of locking objects in SketchUp. And this can be very handy for locking down your scenes so that other people don't move things around.

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SketchUp 2013 Essential Training

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  1. 3m 17s
    1. Introduction
      53s
    2. Using the exercise files
      32s
    3. Sketchup Make vs. Sketchup Pro
      38s
    4. Keyboard shortcut differences on the Mac
      1m 14s
  2. 17m 40s
    1. Interface basics
      2m 9s
    2. Navigating in SketchUp
      3m 0s
    3. Walking around in SketchUp
      1m 47s
    4. Creating camera views
      1m 49s
    5. Shading faces and edges
      2m 48s
    6. Creating shadows and fog
      2m 38s
    7. Creating scenes
      1m 57s
    8. Using the toolbars
      1m 32s
  3. 11m 27s
    1. Selecting and moving objects
      2m 59s
    2. Scaling and rotating objects
      3m 55s
    3. Manipulating faces and edges
      2m 28s
    4. Advanced selection tools
      2m 5s
  4. 26m 18s
    1. Line tool fundamentals
      3m 27s
    2. Using the Line tool for 3D drawing
      2m 24s
    3. Using the Rectangle tool
      2m 15s
    4. Creating circles and polygons
      3m 17s
    5. Creating arcs
      1m 27s
    6. Eraser tools
      1m 39s
    7. Pushing and pulling faces into 3D
      2m 43s
    8. Using the Offset tool to create outlines
      2m 5s
    9. Using the Follow Me tool
      1m 19s
    10. Creating 3D text
      2m 12s
    11. Softening round edges
      3m 30s
  5. 14m 0s
    1. Using the Tape Measure tool to create guidelines
      3m 23s
    2. Using the Protractor tool
      5m 30s
    3. Creating sections
      2m 0s
    4. Creating labels
      1m 59s
    5. Dimensioning
      1m 8s
  6. 12m 3s
    1. Grouping objects
      2m 15s
    2. Working with layers
      2m 37s
    3. Using the Outliner and Entity Info
      3m 8s
    4. Hiding and unhiding objects
      1m 55s
    5. Locking and unlocking objects
      2m 8s
  7. 15m 14s
    1. The Component window
      3m 45s
    2. Creating components
      3m 5s
    3. Using the 3D Warehouse
      2m 46s
    4. Using the Component Options window
      4m 20s
    5. Using the Interact tool
      1m 18s
  8. 27m 47s
    1. Using the Materials palette on a Mac
      2m 26s
    2. Applying materials
      3m 59s
    3. Editing materials
      3m 33s
    4. Creating materials
      2m 44s
    5. Mapping textures interactively
      2m 33s
    6. Creating a floor plan using bitmap images
      2m 16s
    7. Drawing a structure from a floor plan
      4m 48s
    8. Mapping curved objects
      2m 37s
    9. Projecting maps onto curved objects
      2m 51s
  9. 8m 29s
    1. Applying styles
      1m 54s
    2. Creating styles
      2m 9s
    3. Exporting in 2D and 3D
      1m 48s
    4. Basic animation
      2m 38s
  10. 10s
    1. Next steps
      10s

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