The "lock" icon does not appear on many small objects, usually small text frames, within my layouts. When I mouse over them, there is no lock to click on, thus not a convenient way to unlock them. The lock icon does show up, however, in the Layers window. Thus I almost always go to the Layers window to unlock individual items. Or I can do an Unlock All on Spread or deselect the check box in Preferences > General > Prevent Selection of Locked Objects.
I do not have this problem on any larger text frames or objects, just smaller ones. Typically I do not see the lock on Continued on/from boxes or on Vertical or Horizontal rules.
This problem occurred immediately after I upgraded to InDesign CS6 (over 2 years ago). I just downloaded InDesign CC 2015 to see if it would resolve the problem, but it does not.
Any help would be appreciated.
What if you zoom in on them?
The Lock icon still does not show up, even when I zoom up to 1600%. However I dentine that once I zoomed to 200% or larger, that when I move my pointer over the frame to the location where the lock icon should be, the pointer changes to the standard Unlock pointer, and then unlocks the object when I click at that location.
Zooming to 200% and then unlocking does not solve the visibility problem, but it certainly is much faster and easier than going to the Layers window. Thank you.
Top menu bar, go to View > click Overprint Preview (it should be off).
The locks should now show up on locked items.