How to lock objects from moving and resizing in PowerPoint

PowerPoint 365
PowerPoint has a handy feature that allows you to freeze an object on a slide. By locking objects from moving, you will not worry about hitting the wrong object when aligning, grouping, or resizing the rest of the slide elements. Locking will also allow you to more easily work with the object's content without fear of automatically resizing or displacing the object when you edit its content.

After locking an object to prevent resizing and moving, you can still change its formatting and content.


Lock an object

To lock an object or some objects on the slide, do the following:

   1.   If needed, select objects you want to lock.

   2.   Right-click on the object or selection and choose Lock in the popup menu:

Lock in popup menu PowerPoint 365

Lock objects using the Selection pane

If you have many objects on the slide, selecting and locking some of them can be difficult. You can use the Selection pane to facilitate your work:

   1.   Open the Selection pane by doing one of the following:

  • On the Home tab, in the Drawing group, click Arrange:
    Arrange dropdown list in PowerPoint 365

    From the Arrange dropdown list, click Selection Pane...:

    Selection Pane in PowerPoint 365
  • On the Shape Format tab, Picture Format tab, the SmartArt Format tab, or the Chart Format tab, in the Arrange group, click the Selection Pane button:
    Selection Pane in Arrange group in PowerPoint 365

   2.   On the Selection pane, lock any object by clicking the Unlocked icon Unlocked icon in Selection pane PowerPoint 365 on the right:

Selection Pane in PowerPoint 365

When you try to select a locked object to resize or modify it, you will notice:

  • Unusual borders without handles for moving or changing an object. For example, a prominent border for the locked shape and picture:
    Locked shape in PowerPoint 365  and   Locked picture in PowerPoint 365
  • Some commands for modifying the object on the ribbon tabs are grayed:
    Grayed commands in ribbon tab PowerPoint 365
  • Commands for resizing and moving are grayed on the Format *** pane:
    Grayed commands in Format pane PowerPoint 365

Note: You cannot resize and move a locked object, but you can still apply custom formatting to them. For example, it is still possible to:


Unlock an Object

To unlock an object, do one of the following:

  • Right-click the object and choose Unlock in the popup menu:
    Unlock in popup menu PowerPoint 365
  • Click the Locked icon Locked icon in Selection pane PowerPoint 365 on the Selection pane.

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