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Resizing a document, getting "object is locked" message

Community Beginner ,
Oct 07, 2019 Oct 07, 2019

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Hi there ...

 

I am trying to resize a 24 page document just a little bit smaller. I'm using the current Indesign CC. There is one master page with not much on it.

 

Anyway, when I try to resize the layout in Document Setup, it keeps failing because of an error. And, it says "object is locked" and a page goes blank, but there are no objects locked on the spreads.

 

Any ideas? Thank you!

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Oct 07, 2019 Oct 07, 2019

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Try selecting the Essentials workspace and select Adjust Layout and tick Auto-adjust margins and Adsjust Font Size.

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Oct 07, 2019 Oct 07, 2019

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Hi Derek, No, it doesn't work -- I just get a window that says "unable to adjust document layout because of an error."

 

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And here's a new twist. I decided to simply create a new file, the right size, and cut and paste from the old file to the new, but it's substituting 12 pt Minion for 10.5 Bembo Regular.

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Oct 07, 2019 Oct 07, 2019

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Which version of InDesign, the latest is 14.0.3?

Are you using Paragraph (and Character) Styles?

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Oh, I see ... I am using 14.02. And yes to paragraph and character styles. I'll update, in case that helps. Unfortunately I'm in the middle of a deadline!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 08, 2019 Oct 08, 2019

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Try a workaround. 

1. save indd to idml than open idml and save as new indd. Then try again

2. move your pages to the new document, save try again

3. If 1) and 2) not helps then save your document under new name and cut 50% of pages if after this all works - try to find a "bugged lock" on the second 50%, etc to time where you find exact bugged page. 

 

 

And from other side - did you check you layers? Is all layers unlocked? Is on all spreads you do CTRL+A and then CTRL+ALT+L

?

Remember, never say you can't do something in InDesign, it's always just a question of finding the right workaround to get the job done. © David Blatner

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Oct 08, 2019 Oct 08, 2019

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>> I am trying to resize a 24 page document just a little bit smaller. 

Do you have equal proportions of the new document? Next workaround - do as you have PDF then choose new need it paper size in  Adobe PDF print settings in Acrobat, print to Adobe PDF with "fit" and don't worry about it

 

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Remember, never say you can't do something in InDesign, it's always just a question of finding the right workaround to get the job done. © David Blatner

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New Here ,
Nov 16, 2021 Nov 16, 2021

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I was able to resolve this issue by unlocking guides and column guides.

   • View > Grids & Guide: Unlock Guides

   • View > Grids & Guide: Unlock Column Guides

 

I hope that someone will find this useful.  😃

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