When I open an Illustrator file delivered to me, the cursor is in the form shown below:

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Clicking on the Selection Tool does not change the cursor. Why is this? I am on Windows 10, Illustrator CC version 23.0.1.

PS: I am an Illustrator newbie.

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    Looks like the layer you are trying to draw on is locked.
    – Billy Kerr
    Nov 5, 2018 at 22:18
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    @BillyKerr That was it, thank you. I will accept if you post it as answer. Regards.
    – Sabuncu
    Nov 5, 2018 at 22:22
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    OK I'll add it as an answer.
    – Billy Kerr
    Nov 5, 2018 at 22:22
  • I'm experiencing the same problem but I am very sure that no layers are locked. Anyone can help?
    – Lisanne
    May 12, 2021 at 23:19
  • The little "don't" symbol essentially means "You can't do that here". As for why you can't and you aren't trying to work on a locked layer.... no one knows. Only you can figure it out.
    – Scott
    May 13, 2021 at 0:52

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It looks like the layer you are trying to draw on is locked.

You can either unlock the layer in the layers panel, or create a new layer.


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