Bug 49626 - FORMATTING: Freeze or lock graphics and objects so that they can't be selected
Summary: FORMATTING: Freeze or lock graphics and objects so that they can't be selected
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Inherited From OOo
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
Keywords: needsUXEval
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Blocks: Writer-Enhancements Images Object
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Reported: 2012-05-08 03:01 UTC by LiquorAssAssin
Modified: 2023-07-21 13:15 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Description LiquorAssAssin 2012-05-08 03:01:40 UTC
Is there a way I can freeze objects or lock them in place so that they cannot be edited or selected?

USE: I want to freeze a large overlapping graphic so that I can select text and other graphics.

Its not in help so Im not sure if its implemented.

I am very happy using LibreOffice I switched from OpenOffice and love both. Thank you for all your effort.

May be related to Bug 49625.
Comment 1 Stéphane Guillou (stragu) 2023-07-18 07:47:24 UTC
In Writer, we can use "Protect Position and/or Size" on objects (for images, right-click > Properties > Options; for drawing objects, right-click > Position and Size > Position and Size).

However, I don't think it's possible to make the object unselectable like one can lock layers in Draw.

Tested with:

Version: (X86_64) / LibreOffice Community
Build ID: 36ccfdc35048b057fd9854c757a8b67ec53977b6
CPU threads: 8; OS: Linux 5.15; UI render: default; VCL: gtk3
Locale: en-AU (en_AU.UTF-8); UI: en-US
Calc: threaded

I'm unsure about the use case: why would one have an unselectable _overlapping_ graphic? Something with a certain amount of transparency?

Copying UX/Design team in.

Somewhat related to bug 66427.
Comment 2 Heiko Tietze 2023-07-21 13:15:55 UTC
You can also protect the content. And moving the imagine into the background makes it hard to select -- or easy to select the text in the foreground.

You can also put an image into the page background.

Don't see the need for an enhancement. If you think there is room to improve feel free to reopen. And please add a use case.