Lock placeholder and other objects to prevent modification
Lock placeholder and objects and its preferences so they cant be modified in any way. Also make option to autofit och manually crop the added items like images to image placeholder.
Lock dont need to be permanent. But if you want to undo the lock you have to rightclick on object and "unlock".
Why do we need this? To create templates that follow certain guidelines and rules that your company, organisation, school etc have. This would prevent the user to accidently move an object on the created presentation or tutorial.
We are happy to announce that this is currently in the works! :) Thanks for voting for this idea. Stay tuned for more details.
Please roll this out. It's a major missing piece in otherwise good advancements in design capabilities in PowerPoint.
Chris Becker commented
Yes please add this locking feature to both objects (images, shapes, icons, text. etc.) and on slides, both regular slides and masters.
I agree, a simple right-click should have a new selection for locking and unlocking.
We sure could use this soon!
kathy J commented
When using graphics in P.P. I sometimes will inadvertently move them. If there were an object lock feature, I could lock it in place and move on to the next part of my slide design. If I chose to move it, I could then unlock it accordingly.
Any update on this?? This would be such a great feature to have... (immediately, ha)...
Thank you! :)
I know MSFT have said this is in the works, but if (like me!) you're sick of waiting, add-in called PPT Productivity have introduced object locking AND unlocking in their tools. Have signed up to their free 30 day trial, can confirm I now have object locking and unlocking AND it also works on the slide master!! https://pptproductivity.com/blog/powerpoint-lock-shape
Beard getting grey while waiting commented
So, how's it goin' for ya?
Locking x and y really that big of a problem..?
Stripey Cat commented
COME ON. For god's sake. inability to just prevent other uneducated users from mangling specific objects in your presentation software? have microsoft heard of a DESIGN SYSTEM?
Lauren Contalonis commented
Ya, it would be useful to add a password on a locked object for the template maker as template users sometimes move things they shouldn't. Or possibly adding a lock on all locked objects. (Although at the initial onset, any locking ability at all would be appreciated)
Lauren Contalonis commented
Do you have an ETA of when this would be rolled out????? This would be awesome!
The lack of this feature is one of the reasons we have now switched to Keynote.
A modern digital presentation system (pixel perfect), unlike PowePoint's 'Made for OHPs' feel!
You could just have it as an option in the Selection pane - Hide/Unhide and Lock/Unlock
Lately because of the pandemic, more and more works are done at home and more and more presentations are made. I found it very difficult to work with complex slides without this feature, i.e. having to lock a certain object or element. very annoying. :/
As I work with powerpoint daily a lot, it will be very helpfull to lock the shapes. When I want to recreate a diagram or an infographic (jpg or png), I can place it in the slide and lock it. and draw on the same, without clicking the diagram or infographic.
Thanks and Regards,
How is it that this request only has 652 votes??? I regularly work with the MS Office suite and the Adobe products. While the Adobe products are AWESOME, most of my colleagues work in Microsoft based tools and I need to be able to provide them with native assets they can use in PowerPoint. A lock feature would save so much time. My current work-around involves me hiding and unhiding the object but prevents me from viewing the changes I'm making in context if other objects are hidden. I'm about to install a plug-in as a more permanent workaround but these kinds of things slow down the perofmrnace; benefits greater than the burden at this point.
PS ... I only found this out recently, ppt does allow you to paste Metadata with objects. So you can create things in Illustrator and then paste them in as MS objects to manipulate in ppt. Again, so much time between clicks!
Jeyakumar Jeyaraj commented
Allowing the text box to be moved or shapes to be moved only within an area or only vertical or horizontal will help teachers to design a lot in math. This will help teachers(owners) to restrict how the PPT will be used by their students (users) - Restricted usage by the editor not the owner.
I would like to be able to ALT click an object in the Objects window to hide all other objects, so only showing what is being clicked. ALT clicking again would reinstate the previous objects.
This is a common feature in the Adobe Suite.
Shi Chen commented
Yes, please on Mac too.
This seems like it would be a very easy feature to implement. In the shape options pulldown, just like you have the "Lock aspect ratio" for the sizing box, you could have a "Lock position" (under position) checkbox that would not allow X & Y locations to change.
SO, is this possible yet?
I thought this was going to be a Mac problem but seems like both types of users are crying for this amongst other things.