Newbie to InDesign here, I was given two files for my work: a path version and a non-path version file, as shown in the picture. Here's the problem:

  • For the non-path file, I can only edit the text but not the icons/graphics.

  • For the path file, I can only edit the icons/graphics, but not the text.

How do I go about solving this as I want to edit both in one file? Is there a way to combine both files together somehow?

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    Why can't you edit the opposite parts? I mean, if it's just some locked layers, you can simply unlock the layers.
    – Scott
    Feb 18, 2022 at 2:44
  • I am not sure either. Have checked, the layers aren't lock though!
    – Johnny TYH
    Feb 18, 2022 at 2:51
  • Well, there's no way to "merge" specific parts of two separate InDesign files I'm aware of. But there's also no way to prevent editing of objects in an InDesign file if you have (at least the same version of) InDesign. If objects are un-selectable, they must be merely locked or on master pages.
    – Scott
    Feb 18, 2022 at 2:54
  • Even if the layers aren’t locked, individual objects may be. Or, as Scott says, the objects may be on parent pages (called master pages up until recent versions). Feb 18, 2022 at 8:25
  • .. another thought.... Check the Preferences for Indesign, the "General" section has an option - Prevent Selection of Locked Objects - or something like that. This option is on by default I believe. That could be why you can't edit things.
    – Scott
    Feb 19, 2022 at 6:21

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There is no such thing as an InDesign file where you cannot make edits on specific elements.

100% everything is editable, but there are indeed a few ways to lock layers or lock objects, to limit editing.

If you are sure the layers and not locked, try to see what happens when you hit CTRL+ALT+L on a page where this problem exists.

Otherwise, do some research on unlocking layers and unlocking objects and you'll probably figure this out:

  • also, if they are master-page items, then one can "override all master page items" (right-click the page(s)) in the pages palette to make them selectable
    – Yorik
    Feb 22, 2022 at 17:45

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