Why is the cursor locked as a pencil in Adobe Illustrator CC?

When I open an Illustrator file delivered to me, the cursor is in the form shown below:

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Clicking on the Selection Tool does not change the cursor. Why is this?
I am on Windows 10, Illustrator CC version 23.0.1.

PS: I am an Illustrator newbie.

Answer

It looks like the layer you are trying to draw on is locked.

You can either unlock the layer in the layers panel, or create a new layer.

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Source : Link , Question Author : Sabuncu , Answer Author : Billy Kerr

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