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  • I had a idea were it would be nice if you could lock the Data Frame in it's location, so that it would not get moved by accident if you were to select the data frame instead of your intended target.  I know, I know, I hear people saying just hit undo, but If I'm working on a project and it moved just a little were I wouldn't notice until after I printed it then I will not have the ability of using the Undo button, plus I'd rather not have to undo a whole hours worth of work just to have to move my Data Frame Back to it's original position, So I think it makes perfect since that there should be a way to lock the data frame and keep it from moving....
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    Posted by   KT_Kungfu_Masta  to ArcGIS DesktopArcGIS Desktop ExtensionsProduction Mapping (PLTS) Oct 11, 2010

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Aug 3, 2012
I uploaded an add-in that contains a button that can be used to lock the size and position of all the data frame elements in the layout.

Oct 5, 2011
What a great idea...and I wold add the functinnality to be able to lock any other layout objects such as borders and text such as titles.

Sep 23, 2011
This would seem to be a simple fix for a service pack. I'm unsure why it wouldn't be implemented easily.  Most layout programs allow you to lock the position of an item, and even make it so you can't select it.

Feb 4, 2011
Advanced Dataframe lock possibilities like partial and full layer locking in Adobe Photoshop. Full Dataframe lock or partial lock for: Dataframe size and position in Layout, Dataframe contents editing, Dataframe layer structure etc.

Oct 11, 2010
Production Mapping includes the ability to lock the position of elements to make sure that they don't move.  You can do this in one of two ways.  The Layout window lists the elements in the layout and you can right click to "lock" the element this will prevent you from moving the element in the map. 

The other option with Production Mapping is to create Layout Rules.  These rules allow you to define the position of an element in the map in relation to other elements.  For example - you can position the data frame in the center of the page or you could specify that the tile should be centered horizontally over the data frame and .5 inches above.  With the Layout Rules if you accidently move an element you can click a button to snap all the elements back into the correct position.



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