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Tip of the Week: Locking Snippets

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Snippets, as you may know, are handy little files that describe an object’s location on a page relative to other objects. You can also send snippets to other people to ensure consistent placement of items.

To ensure a snippet is always placed in the new file in the same spot as the original, lock the object(s) before exporting (Object > Lock).

Uncheck Prevent Selection of Locked Objects first (Preferences > General). Otherwise you can’t select the locked object to export it.

If someone sends you a snippet that has a locked item, you can unlock it by opening the snippet in a text editor and setting the Locked value to False.

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