We all know that sometimes, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. Today, that good/bad thing is the ability to reposition the elements of your user interface -- toolbars, ribbon panels, palettes, etc.
When you're first setting up your workspace, you need to be able to rearrange things to suit the way you work. But once you're done, you'd like them to stay where you put them, and not get dragged around by a too-slow mouse click. (It's happened to all of us.)
Fortunately, there's a feature built-in to workspaces to prevent this from happening.
In the bottom right-hand corner of the screen, next to the workspace-switching icon, there's a little padlock. (Don't confuse it with the viewport-locking padlock -- they're not related.)
The options you'll see when you click on it require a little explanation.
- Toolbars: This also includes ribbon panels.
- Windows: This includes palettes.
- Docked: Attached to the top, bottom, or sides of the screen, or to the ribbon.
- Floating: Everywhere else, i.e. a detached ribbon panel or an un-anchored palette.
When you check one or more of those options, that type of screen element becomes fixed in position. No matter how much you try to drag it, it won't move. (If it's a toolbar or ribbon panel, you can still edit it with the CUI. You just can't move it.) If you reach the point where this becomes a bad thing again, you can always uncheck it in the list.
You can also lock or unlock all eligible elements at once with the "All" option.
And for my command-line fans, this is controlled with the LOCKUI system variable, which can be the sum of any of the following values:
- 0: Toolbars and windows not locked
- 1: Docked toolbars locked
- 2: Docked or anchored windows locked
- 4: Floating toolbars locked
- 8: Floating windows locked