How To Unlock In Canva (Text, Elements, Pages, etc)

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If you’ve ever gotten frustrated trying to move elements around a Canva design only to realize they’re locked, I totally get it.

Dealing with locked images, shapes, or even entire pages in Canva can be a confusing roadblock.

Unlocking those elements is way simpler than you might think!

But how to unlock in canva?

In this quick guide, I’ll walk you through the easy steps to unlock images, individual design elements, and full pages in Canva.

Whether you’re looking to finally customize that locked logo or move around a whole layout, you’ll learn how to free those locked components so you can edit your design.

So without wasting time, let’s start.

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How To Unlock In Canva

Follow the below steps to learn how to unlock in Canva:

1. Open your design

Visit the Canva website and then log in or sign up to get access to the Canva homepage.

After getting directed to the Canva homepage, look for the ‘Recent Designs’ section. This is where you will find the designs on which you have worked in the past.

open recent design

Browse through the recent designs and click on the thumbnail of the design whose elements, text, or page, you want to unlock.

And the design will open in Canva Editor.

2. Find out the locked element

Once your design is opened in front of you, it is time to find out the locked elements.

Firstly, start by clicking on the elements randomly. This could be a text box, image, shape, or any other element.

lock icon

If the element is locked, you will see a lock icon around the element itself, and it will be immovable or unchangeable.

3. Unlock the element

Once you found out all the locked elements on your design, it is time to learn how to unlock them.

a) Unlock Text In Canva

Click on the text that you want to unlock.

unlock the text

And then click on the ‘Lock’ icon around the text element. This will unlock the text element in front of you, allowing you to edit it freely.

b) Unlock Elements In Canva

Click on the elements that you would like to unlock as a result of which a boundary box will appear around it indicating that it is selected.

Then from the top toolbar click on the ‘Lock’ button to unlock your elements.

unlock element

After clicking on the lock button, now your elements will be free to edit.

You can then change the color, position, transparency, and much more of the element in front of you from the top toolbar.

c) Unlock Page In Canva

Click on the page that you want to unlock from the bottom of your screen.

As a result of which you will see a ‘3 dots’ icon on the right top corner of the page, click on it to open the new menu in front of you.

click on 3 dot icon

Then click on the ‘Lock’ button from the new menu and now your page will get unlocked and you will be free to customize it according to your need.

Or if you want a simple way of unlocking a page in Canva then you can do that by using the unlock page keyboard shortcut.

Keyboard Shortcut: Alt+ Shift+ L

unlock the page

Note: after unlocking your text element or page in Canva, you can begin by using the top toolbar or left sidebar to customize or edit your design as per your need.

Once you get satisfied with the results in front of you.

You can click on the ‘Share’ button from the top right corner of the screen to download your design to your computer.

FAQ- How To Unlock In Canva

Below are a few frequently asked questions to help you out:

How Do I Lock An Entire Design In Canva?

To lock an entire design in Canva, first, click on the page from the bottom of the screen and then on the ‘3 Dot’ button from the top right corner of the page.

As a result of which a new menu will open in front of you. Click on the ‘Lock’ button from the new menu to lock an entire design in Canva.

Why Can’t I Delete a Page In Canva?

You might not be able to delete a page in Canva if your design has only 1 page or if it is locked.

To delete a page in Canva, your page must be unlocked or you must have more than 1 page in your design.

Click on the ‘Add Page’ button from the bottom of your screen to add more pages to your design.

Then you can click on the page that you want to delete to select it and click on the ‘Delete’ button from the keyboard to delete a page in Canva.

Before You Leave

And there you have it – a few simple steps to unlock any locked elements in your Canva designs.

Whether it’s an image, shape, or even an entire page, now you know how to take back control and freely customize.

The ability to unlock components as needed gives you way more creative flexibility as you design in Canva.

I hope this quick guide has shown you how easy it is to unlock stuff inside Canva.

Just tap or click on the lock icon and take back creative control.

Let me know if you have any other Canva questions – I’m always happy to help.

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