💡Feature Idea: Allow text boxes to be locked in place but with the content editable

mlevison MCN ✭✭
edited March 2022 in Feature Ideas

In order to keep our workshop mural tidy, as a facilitator, I would like to be able to lock text boxes in place while leaving their content editable.

Problem. I use text boxes to gather end of day feedback and learning. Inevitably learners move the text boxes around the mural.

There are many places where participants add material to the mural as text boxes. The challenge if the text can edited for text then it can be moved

Why this helps many - if you design your own workshop templates then your attendees have suffered because they moved a textbox when all they wanted to do was move their mural.

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  • Linds
    Linds Mural Alum ✭✭✭

    I like this suggestion @mlevison ! Thanks for sharing, and for creating a poll - I am interested to see if others are interested in seeing this feature as well!

  • YESSS!! Thank you for asking for this. I feel your pain! We structure very detailed brainstorming workshops where we designate areas for people to list ideas. It would be nice to not have the post its get moved all over the place in the process because folks don't realize they're moving the item rather than just moving around on the canvas.

  • manuel
    manuel ✭✭✭✭

    I really wished, it was possible for me as a facilitator to lock stickies and text elements to create a canvas or similar and to allow editors to change the contents of them only, but not their position. That would be cool. Just a third option in "Lock" options.

  • Yes! Its something that should extend to shapes and other objects. I use rectangles to create a border around stickies and its so annoying when they get moved on accident and people all react to the borders moving.

  • @mlevison here's something you can test. If you multi-select (hold down shift) and then right click you can "lock" the object. I don't know if this stop users from moving the object. But test it with someone and let us know what happens.

  • mlevison
    mlevison MCN ✭✭

    @Abe_Rod thanks for the suggestion - try it :-) I think you will find that the text boxes are no longer editable. Its kinda like we need two kinds of text boxes. One for "display" - once locked it can't be edited; one for "end users" once locked it remains editable.

  • manuel
    manuel ✭✭✭✭

    I sometimes would prefer two modes like "Lock location" and "Lock against all changes", so items could be editable if required, but not movable.

  • Yea I wasn't sure how it would behave. I just stumbled on it and wasn't sure what the experience was for someone who was not a "facilitator". I assumed that maybe it would allow editing. But now that you clarify it makes more sense.

  • This feature should move from "nice-to-have" to "must-have". I have to nix many mural designs because of this missing feature.

  • MarekB
    MarekB MCN

    Im missing this feature too. As a alternative it could be another type of lock. Lock for move.

  • I have been using mural a lot lately and came to suggest the same feature.

    Potentially could make it the feature "Anchor" so that a text box/sticky note has the top left corner anchored in position but the text and the size box can be changed. That way as addition text is added the text box can also continue to expand in size as it does now.

  • Yes!!! not only for text box but also for sticky note. AND as a visitor/guest should be able to edit color and text, but not the position. That would be great.

  • I like many of the suggestions here. For the simplest to implement, I would like two locks for text box/sticky notes, the current approach which locks everything, and another which lock everything but content.

  • This would be especially useful when creating templates, where it is very common to want to constrain where a text box should be positioned but not the text itself. I like the concept of 'Lock Position' vs 'Lock Content' vs 'Lock All' as choices on the Lock menu. When applied to text boxes, I would expect 'Lock Position' to fix the upper left corner (i.e. prevent moving & deleting only), but when applied to stickies and shapes I would expect it to also lock the size (i.e. prevent moving / resizing / deleting).

  • Another vote for this idea.

    1. Lock to position
    2. Lock position and content.