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Lock Object: Keep Your Design Elements Safe with One Simple Shortcut

Use Command/Control + 2 to instantly lock any object or group of objects in Illustrator.

Lock Object: Keep Your Design Elements Safe with One Simple Shortcut

The scenario: You are working in Illustrator with multiple stacked objects in one section of the artboard. Every time you attempt to select the object you need, you accidentally select the object you DON’T need. The undesired object might be very large and overlapping with the other objects, or it might not have a fill. Whatever the reason that pesky object is in the way, there’s a solution: Lock it down. Locking the object will keep you from accidentally selecting it again.

To do this, you could either select the Layers panel, expand and scroll through each layer until you find the object, click the object in the panel and then toggle the lock, OR, you can simply hold down Command/Control* and the number two. Ctrl+2 is the clear winner in my book. You can use the same technique to lock a group of objects.

Now that the object is locked, you can continue to work and not be concerned about selecting the wrong object anymore. At some point, you may need to select the hidden object, and unfortunately you will have to go the long way around to unlock it. As with the long way to lock it, select the Layers panel, expand and scroll through the layers until you find the object, click the object in the panel, and toggle the lock. Hey, there can’t be a shortcut for everything.

*Command (⌘) for MAC, Control (ctrl) for PC

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