Lock Objects and Guides in InDesign CS5 - dummies

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

In InDesign Creative Suite 5, you can lock in place elements such as objects and guides. After you’ve carefully aligned elements on a page, locking them prevents you from accidentally moving them from that position.

To lock an element, follow these steps:

  1. Use a drawing tool to create an object on a page and then select the object with the Selection tool.

    A bounding box with handles appears when the object is selected.

  2. Choose Object→Lock.

    The object is locked in position. Now when you try to use the Selection or Direct Selection tools to move the object, it doesn’t move from its current position.

To lock guides in place, follow these steps:

  1. Drag a couple of ruler guides to the page by clicking within a ruler and dragging toward the page.

    A line appears on the page. (If rulers aren’t visible around the pasteboard, choose View→Rulers.)

  2. Drag a ruler guide to a new location, if needed; when you’re happy with the ruler guides’ placements, choose View→Grids and Guides→Lock Guides.

    All guides in the workspace are locked. If you select a guide and move it, the guide remains in its present position. If you have any column guides on the page, they’re locked as well.

Use layers in publications for organization. Layers are a lot like transparencies that lie on top of each other, so they can be used for stacking elements on a page. For example, you may want to stack graphics or arrange similar items (such as images or text) on the same layer. Each layer has its own bounding box color, which helps you determine which item is on which corresponding layer.