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So I am using templates, and can override the locked master items (e.g. text boxes and headers) yet cannot seem to unlock an image (which I am using as a placeholder to replace with the correct image every time I use the template.)

On most items on the page, I unlock by pressing cmd + shift and clicking on the the dotted outline of whatever it is; but for some reason I cannot get to the image.

Why can't I unlock / alter the image element on my master page, and what can I do to make it possible?

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Is the layer locked? – Lauren Ipsum May 29 '13 at 9:43
sounds like some of layers are locked in the master file as Lauren has asked. Can you check and let us know? – Darth_Vader May 29 '13 at 14:42

Definitely sounds to me like the image placeholder is locked in the master page itself.

Double click on the relevant master page and select

Object/ Unlock all on spread

from the top menu.

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I've had the same problem working in InDesign CC.

Find the layers tab and see if this box is on the currently selected layer.

In my case it was on another layer and the layer was locked. Unlocking the layer sorted the problem.

Quite a headache!

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Welcome to GD.SE! Your answer should better be a comment, because you gave no more informations we can read in the older answer. I guess a moderator will change your answer to a comment soon (you can comment if you have earned more reputation ...). – Kurt Apr 9 '15 at 12:07
This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a comment below their post - you can always comment on your own posts, and once you have sufficient reputation you will be able to comment on any post. – Vincent Apr 9 '15 at 12:28
@Kurt: As far as I can see (I am no Adobe user though), this should neither be a comment nor an answer, as it adds nothing to the existing content. – Wrzlprmft Apr 9 '15 at 12:43

I had the same. Problem.

I did not have anything locked, not on the layer or the spread.

I deleted any scripts I had loaded, and went through all of the trouble shooting steps (styles, fonts, preferences, etc.) from, all to no avail.

Then for no reason I decided to ungroup everything I had grouped on my master page.

Suddenly, Everything worked as expected.

I hope this solves your problem. I was about five seconds from starting over.

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