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    Lock Graphics Position (2000 sr1)

    I use PowerPoint a lot to create graphics for projects and reports. They usually consist of an inserted map from another source to which I add graphics, labels, names, etc. I've found that when you are zoomed in close working on a graphic element, it is easy to inadvertently select the background map and move it instead of or along with the graphic you intend to move. Then it is troublesome to get it back to where it belongs. Because I am in so close, I can't see the handles appear indicating that it is selected. Does anyone know if there is a way to lock graphics in place so that they can't be accidently moved until being unlocked.
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    Re: Lock Graphics Position (2000 sr1)

    I am not aware of a method to lock graphics in place. Other programs handle this problem by using layers, you choose the layer you wish to work on and lock the rest. One method that you could consider using is to:
    Go to the Format, Background menu.
    Click on the drop-down arrow for colour in this dialog box, you'll find Fill Effects.
    In the Fill Effects dialog box, locate the Picture tab.

    Use this method to insert the picture into your background, once in the background layer of the slide you won't need to worry about accidently moving the picture. However, sizing the picture can be a problem - since you can't select it when it is in the background. So the picture will need to be sized before inserting.

    Just another thought - one thing I know I need to remind myself of occasionally is the ability to work on the "desktop" around the slide itself. I often find it useful to place new elements in that gray area, tweak them and then move them to the place on the slide where I want them to go.

    Hope this helps.
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    Re: Lock Graphics Position (2000 sr1)

    Catharine,
    Thanks for the tips. I'm going to try the "Fill Effects" function next time. It shouldn't be too difficult to get the background picture the right size ahead of time and it may prevent some frustration. Locking or layering is one of two things I wish MS would do for PPT. I also wish you had the ability to keep whatever tool you've choosen the default until you select another. For instance, when drawing a series of boxes, circles, lines, etc. you have to select that tool again for each and every one; unless I'm missing something.
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    Re: Lock Graphics Position (2000 sr1)

    Well, there is always copy/paste <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>.
    You might try this keyboard shortcut <font color=red>Ctrl + D</font color=red>. It duplicates the selected object, placing it with a little offset from the original. I've found it handy.

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    Re: Lock Graphics Position (2000 sr1)

    Thanks a lot! (grin back).
    I tried setting a map as background as you suggested. I can use Photoshop or PaintShop Pro to set the size and give it a border, if needed, and then insert it into PPT. Takes a little longer but may save what I have left of my hair.
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    Re: Lock Graphics Position (2000 sr1)

    One way is to "mask" it out -- to put a layer of protection over it so that you don't inadvertingly alter it. You can do this to protect any "layer" and use as many "layer protectors" as you need. Remove them, if you want, when done.

    With the image inserted into the slide, draw a box that covers the whole slide. Give it an Action Setting (Slide Show>Action Settings) as Hyperlink To ... whatever. Now, go right the heck back into the Action Setting control and choose None. I know what you're thinking... but stay with me. Render the box No Fill and No line. It is now transparent and in front of the graphic, protecting it. Continue to draw on top of it, even zoomed in. Should you accidentally select the graphic and move it, you actually only moved the protection layer, which who cares.

    You can use this technique, when composing complex drawings that consist of multiple elements, to protect a layer you finish with it. Think of it as a sheet of glass over the pictures on your desk. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Lock Graphics Position (2000 sr1)

    Ooo, good tip!
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    Re: Lock Graphics Position (2000 sr1)

    Fantastic! Thanks!
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    Re: Lock Graphics Position (2000 sr1)

    I second the Ooo! I had no idea this feature was there.
    Thanks. I really struck paydirt on this post.
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    Drawing multiple shapes

    DOUBLE-click the tool button instead of a single click when you want to draw multiple shapes without re-selecting the tool after each shape is drawn. This works in many programs and forces the tool to remain active until you click the tool again or select another tool. You can also press Escape to release the tool.

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