Timeline updates for next gen freeze—introducing Lock Edits
Our Product Team has been pushing hard to provide the functionality to quickly lock down a file from editing. In Classic, this feature set was called Freeze and Thaw. They are in process of building a new feature called Lock Edits (more info below) and we now anticipate this to be available in late May 2021, with a beta testing option in mid-April.
What is Lock Edits?
Lock Edits is the next gen replacement for Classic Freeze and Thaw. Here’s a quick overview of how it works:
- It puts a Document, Presentation, or Spreadsheet into a view-only mode for all users, regardless of their permission level.
- While it differs from Classic Freeze and Thaw, it can be used to achieve the same result
- Unlike Freeze and Thaw, Lock Edits allows destination links to update if the source link is published outside the locked file.
- To achieve a frozen state in next gen with Lock Edits, you'd simply lock your main file and all of the linked files too. In Home, you'll be able to lock up to five files at a time.
Why Lock Edits?
First, it allows users to quickly achieve a “pencil’s down” state on any file at anytime, something that users have been wanting. This helps overcome concerns around risks of accidental edits in next gen’s real-time collaboration system.
Secondly, this is our first phase of the Lock Edits roll-out and we do intend to add functionality such as the ability to lock all files in a folder, lock all linked files, lock by section, and lock my edits. This would achieve the more heavyweight state available from Classic Freeze.
If you’ve already requested next gen freeze (not sure? check My Requests) you will still be maintained as a follower for Lock Edits. If you’d like to be added to the list for Lock Edits, however, just add a comment on this post and we’ll get you connected.
And similarly, if you’d be interested in beta testing Lock Edits, add a comment below and we'll get you squared away.
Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we work to improve your experience. Let us know what questions you have here, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.