Locking and unlocking many objects

  • 20 January 2021
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When I create boards for training, I lock absolutely everything that I don’t want participants to move, because it often happens that new Miro users will accidently move something, and then be completely distracted when they try to figure out how to undo what they did my mistake. My boards can also have a lot of content. I create backgrounds that I lock and put movable items on top of them. Many of you do the same.

Locking things and then unlocking them again to modify, rearrange, or adjust them takes a lot of time. It’s not effective to drag-select multiple items to lock them when you have many things mixed in that you don’t want to move. And I want to lock the frames too, of course.

Another difficulty with locking and unlocking many items in a bulk lock is when I might want to unlock and adjust only a few items leaving most of the board safely locked. So I end up Shift-clicking on dozens of objects to lock them, in batches or at once.

Has anyone discovered any tricks or best practices for locking down everything except for what you want moved when locking involves many dozens of objects?

I already know that you can do a bulk select and then choose only a few kinds of items as shown below, but this doesn’t quite do it for me since I want to lock/unlock items of different types (images, text, shapes, etc.) all at once. Maybe it would work if the feature below had check-boxes to select or unselect the items in the list.

(I’d be interested in having the ability to tag items for locking (creating the possibility for different groups with unique lock-tags), and then unlock items by tag. I’ll raise this as an idea if there aren’t any tricks or tips, or if there is enough interest in the idea.)

 

 

 


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No silver bullets here @Brian Fulghum , but I am glad that the Miro team added the Unlock All option to the board context menu to save me from having to manually unlock multiple objects when making wholesale changes to a board.

Kiron

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I don’t do a lot of training or group exercises. But I love to keep organized and I find that it just ends up being a tedious task to group everything and locking/unlocking.

It’s not a big deal for me. But I understand, it takes some extra time.

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No silver bullets here @Brian Fulghum , but I am glad that the Miro team added the Unlock All option to the board context menu to save me from having to manually unlock multiple objects when making wholesale changes to a board.

Kiron


Thanks, @Kiron Bondale. I don’t know when that was added, so thanks for bringing it to my attention. That, at least, is helpful for a total unlock. (I need to explore the https://miro.com/changelog/ for other recent updates). Lock/unlock by tag would be a dream.

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In Mural it is possible to also multi-select locked objects by not only pressing Shift+MouseDragOver (selects only unlocked objects) but Ctrl+Shift+MouseDragOver. This is a really nice feature, especially  for facilitators. It would be great if Miro could add something similar.

--Klaus

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We really need this feature that Klaus is describing. Is anyone at Miro on this?

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Building on Brian’s request, it would be amazing to select multiple items (Shift+MouseDragOver) and have the option to lock as one ‘group’ (the current functionality) or as ‘individual items’. Locking/unlocking is time consuming and fiddly, it’s really easy to accidentally miss a shape or a title - which someone in the workshop will take great joy in announcing!

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