Thank you for your post.
Locking the field will not lock out all changes in Layout mode. You can still group the object, change the Tooltip information, set fills, set Conditional Formatting, change the object name, etc. Locking an object makes sure the item is in a set position on the layout and it cannot be moved or removed.
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I tested a locked object (field), and FileMaker would not allow me to change the following: Tooltip Info, set fills, Conditional Formatting, Button Setup, Set Script Triggers.
However, FileMaker allows changing the Object Name. This seems inconsistent with how an Object should behave when Locked. I would like to report it as a bug.
My apologies. You are correct.
There are definitely some inconsistencies here, and I have sent the information to our Development and Testing departments for review. When I receive any feedback, I will let you know.
My test shows that this is also the case in Windows systems.
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