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.
[Deleted User] commented
Really stupid that this is not available in PowerPoint version 16 (!!!!!).
Please get rid of all the redundant 'fuck-design-up' options in PowerPoint and code a lock-function!!
It's so simple!
MS. You owe me $50 for having to buy a workaround to a BS problem one of you brainiacs could solve in an afternoon.
I am often asked for PPT slides with editable copy on top of un-moveable images and have to explain that Office does not support the function they are requesting. I feel like I say that about Office a lot. We need an object lock NOW.
Again, another totally standard feature that shouldn't need to be voted on. Why on earth doesn't it do this already!?????
Wow really? I can't believe this. Actually I can. It's super non intuitive and crappy software to begin with. I really don't plan on using it ever again.
Ken B commented
Add a new rectangle object, click the bring-forward command, make sure it covers the whole screen, select a white background color for it, make it full transparent, bring it forward (command), group it, make sure the slide title is not part of the group.
Now no one can touch your objects anymore.
I have been asked to lock image placeholders in PowerPoint so they can not be accidentally moved while staff quickly change the images on dozens of slides, which is used for ads in digital signage. I just saw this post and I am both crying and laughing.
There is no work around?
Normally work in adobe... but had to use powerpoint for a client. Kept looking for a lock-option. I thought me not finding it was a joke... but having read now that there is no such option makes the whole program seem like a joke. Locking stuff to keep consistency, reduce accidental moving and annoyance isn't even a professional criteria...
This is very critical tool that PowerPoint DOESN'T HAVE make me switch to us InDesign. It's very annoy that I can't have simple option just to lock picture!!!!
PLEASE! Crazy that can't even use developer mode as in Windows version. This is essential to fast slide dev and not letting anyone (including self) mess it up.
Need this feature desperately!! My clients have a lot of reps in their department, when I finish the design, I need the image/text placeholder to be lock somehow so that it doesn't shift the design around when they swap out images.
Joe Castagna commented
Please, this is one of my biggest headaches with powerpoint, one of the reasons I used keynote. However I work at an office 365 shop now, so I need to use powerpoint. Locking objects is the #1 thing i miss about Keynote (that and dynamic text styles).
Please, can't be the hard. PowerPoint is great! Creates great graphics and presentation all in one package. But the inability to lock object is a pain in the rear. I think a lock icon in the selection panel would work.
R Wang commented
e.g. right click to lock / unlock. When trying to add callout from images, the background image is moved easily when I was trying to move the callout instead
Phil B Potter commented
This would be a very useful feature. I use PPT to storyboard for videos and presentations, being able to lock a shape / text box / or group in a specific position would make it easier for my reviewers and me to utilize the PPT as a storyboard tool.
Alaina Schmeiser commented
Waste of time trying to select little lines and then having to deselect the object behind it and try again. I still need to see the object to do aligning. Add the lock feature pretty please? Time is money!
Bob Kaster commented
We need the ability to lock the position of linked objects. I do a lot of work with Excel products and use the Paste Link feature to bring the data I need into my weekly staff slides. The problem here is that If I have a field that causes Autofit in Excel to grow the row from 1 line to 2 lines or vice versa, it causes the linked object to shift location on the slide. There needs to be a way to select a point on the object (corner or midpoint) and anchor its position on the slide.
Add Lock image feature --- Please!!
This would be a great feature. Use case: A template with design elements partially overlapping an image. Clients want to be able to customise the image, without accidentally disarranging the layout of the overlapping items.