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Lock objects

Locking an object not only prevents it from being accidentally changed, but it prevents it from even being selected. In a complex illustration, it's often helpful to lock an object so that you can draw or edit around it without accidentally changing it or letting it get in your way.

To lock an object or group of objects

  1. Select the object or group of objects you want to lock.

  2. On the Arrange menu, click Lock (or press CTRL+2).

You can also lock an object or a group of objects in the Layers panel by clicking the padlock icon Cc294688.b553394b-65c8-4b76-8526-5fdfe68fb2c4(en-us,Expression.40).png. When an object is locked, the open padlock changes to a locked padlock Cc294688.bc1d5d9e-0048-4d04-8efe-c9b571f71a64(en-us,Expression.40).png.

For more about how to identify and work with objects in the Layers panel, see Layers panel.

To unlock an object or group of objects

  • On the Arrange menu, click Unlock All (or press CTRL+ALT+2).

You can also unlock a single locked object or group in the Layers panel by clicking its locked padlock icon.

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