Editing objects, layout parts, and the layout background > Protecting objects from change
Protecting objects from change
You can prevent objects from being changed, edited, moved, or deleted from a layout by locking them.
To lock objects on a layout:
1. In Layout mode, select the objects you want to lock.
2. Click Inspector Inspector button in the layout bar, then click the Position Position tab.
3. In the Arrange & Align area, click Lock Lock button.
The handles of each selected object change to Locked object handle to indicate that the object is locked.
To unlock objects:
Select the locked objects, then click Unlock Unlock button.
Locking a field in Layout mode does not prevent changes to the information in Browse mode. For details on securing data, see Protecting databases.
When you copy or duplicate a locked object, the copy isn't locked.
When you group objects that include a locked object, the grouped object is locked. For more information on grouping objects, see Using tools to precisely position objects.
Locking doesn't prevent changes to the stacking order. See Arranging objects.
You can lock panel controls:
Objects on panel controls won’t be locked unless you lock the panel control.
When you lock a slide control, its position and appearance can’t be changed. However, you can continue to make changes in the Slide Control Setup dialog box.
When you lock a button, button bar, or popover button, you can’t change its position and appearance. However, you can make changes in the Button Setup, Button Bar Setup, or Popover Button Setup dialog box.
Locked objects can’t be set to automatically resize when the window is resized. See Setting auto-resize options for layout objects.