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Is there a way to lock all but the selected object(s) inside a layer in Illustrator when working with many layers? Instead of individually locking all of them.
To lock/hidden layers except one:
To lock all items on some layer except selected you can lock all other layers first as it was mentioned and then use inverse selection (Select->Inverse) and lock (object->lock).
....a kind of hidden shortcut.
With the object you want to remain unlocked selected... hit...
It's a key command for the menu /Object/Lock/Other Layers
It will lock everything that is not selected, across all layers.
Select all the layers you want locked, select the panel options button, click "Options for Selection", and make sure "Lock" is checked and press OK.
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