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.
mike reitsma commented
Microsoft began making applications for folks who didn't expect much. If it worked (on an Intel 8080 PC) and had most of the features users needed, that was good enough. Incremental improvements followed, but the "good enough" amateur character persisted (e. g., try using Word for anything). Contrast this with Adobe, a company which could have gone the same way but was committed to a higher standard. After 30 years, it makes a difference. Now MS is putting its development into its cloud business, not the Office products. Only Excel meets a professional standard.
Caleb Bouma commented
This would be so easy Microsoft. Why don't you listen to the VOC (voice of the customer)?
DIpak Kumar commented
after 4 years no answer. Microsoft doesn't care what the people want.
This would be great!
They don't care. Look at how ugly much of O365 is. This is clearly a worthy feature as so many of us are saying. Keynote makes coming back near PPt like Outlanding back into 1991.
its not working straight!
there need a tricky action
This seems a very obvious and simple feature to include in terms of Microsoft developer resource required. The question to be posed to Microsoft is whether the feature is excluded by design and how many votes does it take to reverse that decision and schedule an implementation? Does Microsoft ever respond to these comments / votes or give a status update?
Danile Wallin commented
Please make this happen! It should be a very simple fix and it would be a life saver!
It's almost as if nobody who works on developing powerpoint has ever touched any other design software (granted, using the words "design" and powerpoint in the same sentence is painful)
Get with the step, Microsoft – this should be an easy, right click capability, and shouldn't require use of master slides. How do you guys always managed to be like a decade behind?
ibrahim alshdaifat commented
the selection in the ppt is smart, but sometimes we move things not like to move it, so i suggest to add option in the drawing tools can make a shape or text box locked to move
Second idea is-
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.
Cristiano Galvão commented
This feature would be really good to have in PowerPoint. In fact, I found this UserVoice thread while searching the internet for a way to lock shapes and other objects on slides. The reason is explained by several users: sometimes we just want to avoid mistakes by ourselves, and other times it's for templates.Specially outside the company (for conference speakers, for example), is good to have some objects locked without using Slide Master. For textbox, we could also have a partial lock, allowing to change only the text content, not size, position and formats. If there is a picLocks attribute inside the XML file, the next step is to expose this possibility on the interface, on the Ribbon.
Matt Johnson commented
It's preposterous that this isn't already a feature
Please make an easy lock object, I have a couple of different backgrounds I am using, and they keep shifting around, frustrating for me and my client who is adding content. Have taught him the 'Selection Panel' trick, but frustrating that you can't just lock the image instead of hiding it, and then guessing how things will line-up. Should be an easy add I would think.In Adobe products locking and grouping is easy-peasy. This is the Mac version I am using :-)
I've been using this feature in Keynote for years, I'm gobsmacked.
JFC I can't believe this thread exists. Years old. Tons of votes. Yikes
UGH, agree LOCKING object should be a given NOT a VOTE
Robin Fitton commented
I agree this should have always been a feature. Its not there through design, if we could lock a template in powerpoint to prevent a table or something moving it would reduce spend on applications like visio which allow locking. Thats why you can do fancy stuff like make text 3d in powerpoint but you can't lock a table or shape from moving. You will NEVER see this feature in powerpoint due to it being a decision based on commercial limits to functionality.
Garrett Fuller commented
I will dream of this feature.
How is this not already a feature? Wake up, Microsoft.
Would like to be able to lock an item in place