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Lock INDIVIDUAL objects

Two issues about "Lock Objects" and why it is so poor....


1. Badly implimented feature.  It is not persistent. Objects become 'unlocked' as soon as someone opens the file.  Expecting every developer to proactivley lock objects as soon as they open the file is ridiculous, it just wont happen.  So objects DO get disturbed and moved all the time.  -- FAIL !


2. A useless feature.  Locking 'every' object while editing the report is probably one of the dumbest features I've ever seen.   Developers need to 'edit', so why would they want to lock EVERYTHING and prevent themselves from being able to work?
-- FAIL !


A sensible solution

This is hardly a nobel prize-winning suggestion,... but how about allowing us to lock & unlock individual objects, and retain that locked state....  (a bit like every other creative software application has been able to do since the last century).


Example of why this is needed

I have some background shapes (rectangles) that divide the page up into visible sections.

On top of these shapes, I place the charts so they are visibly grouped in these sections.

When editing the charts I often click the background shape by mistake and keep disturbing the layout.

I simply need to lock only the background shapes so that I dont keep disturbing them, so that I can work on the charts.


Please, somebody tell me that Ive missed this obvious feature and it really can be done.

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Hi @HTK421,

AFAIk, current power bi does not support this operation that you mention. You can submit them to the idea forum for improving current features.

For the rectangle panel, current power bi already exists, you can find it in the 'insert' menu -> 'shape' option -> 'rectangle'.

Notice: it does not work the same as a 'group panel' to group its internal contents, it only shows the graph and not existed group features.


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@HTK421 , Can you share some screenshots to explain the same.


Also, the best place to give suggestion is the idea -

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See attached (mockup) example to illustrate my point.

The dark background shapes need to be locked to prevent accidental movement (as shown by the displaced rectangle) when editing the charts over top of them.   Locking EVERYTHING is not a solution, it prevents me from doing anything.
Dont you agree ?


(Now posted in "New Ideas" forum as suggested.  Please vote if you agree)

Microsoft Idea · Lock INDIVIDUAL objects, and retain that state (


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