Can't select items behind a locked item

New Here ,
May 18, 2021 May 18, 2021

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I have not used Illustrator on a regular basis for a couple of years, but now I'm working in Illustrator Legacy version. I have noticed that when I lock an image or text box, and try to click on a image/box behind the locked item, I am unable to. When I click the area, the locked item becomes "active", there's a lock on it, and I can't click anything below that box. These items are all on the same layer, and need to be. It used to be that when you locked an item, you couldn't click on it. This is frustrating. Has anyone else experienced this and know how to get around it?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 18, 2021 May 18, 2021

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This is somehow a shortcoming of new ways to handle locked objects.

 

You can disable that behaviour in the Illustrator preferences. I think the option is called "Prevent Selection of Locked Objects".

 

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May 19, 2021 May 19, 2021

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Thank you that worked. I didn't even notice that when I was setting up Illustrator. Why is that even a thing? 

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I think this is what Kurt is referring to. I haven't decided yet if it's a good thing or not. In any case, if this is active you can select an object below (behind) a locked one by cmd/ctrl-clicking twice (not as quickly as a double-click) on the locked object directly above the object you wish to select.

 

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Community Beginner ,
May 18, 2021 May 18, 2021

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Thank you Peter for letting us know about the cmd/ctrl-clicking twice move!  I have been a little fustrated by the "can't click an object behind a locked object" scenerio since the unlock on canvas option was introduced.  I will now leave that feature on as I like unlocking invidual items on canvas.

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May 18, 2021 May 18, 2021

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You're welcome. I seem to remember it from an explanatory video Adobe put out when they introduced the feature.

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Thanks, Peter, for pointing out the right option.

 

I was probably thinking about the InDesign option and that was a bit wrong in this case ...

 

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You're welcome, Kurt. Sometimes a bit wrong is a bit right enough to send us in a useful direction.

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> "Thank you that worked. I didn't even notice that when I was setting up Illustrator. Why is that even a thing? "

 

Well, I cannot tell you why currently it is as it is. I did not develop this concept.

 

I'm afraid it is just a half-baked approach that may hopefully be improved in future Illustrator versions.

 

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