Are you using IX Legacy or IX2?
I assume the modals are visible and set to be hidden as defined by an “initial state” right?
This issue exists for a long time, and had pushed me to solve it by styling the initial state normally (hidden in the Style panel) instead of relying on the “initial state” of IXx panels. When set like this, there is absolutely no issue.
And yes, it makes them a bit harder to handle because they’re hidden in the designer and anytime you need to edit them, you have to pass them visible again.
But to address this I have a general strategy. It’s a strategy that I apply to anything that’s difficult to select or to access, because it’s either buried down in the z hierarchy, or hidden, or invisible.
For example with your modals, I’d do this:
- each modal is a symbol (even if it never repeats)
- each modal symbol is nested inside of a div
- the interaction, and “manual initial styling” is made on the div containing the symbol
- all the symbols are gathered in a page called “Dashboard”, that is either not linked, could be password protected, but I generally don’t care, unlinked is fine with me.
So you get the idea, I gather on one page all the items that are either difficult to access, or that I need to update often. For example I have this clients who has metrics data all over his site that needs to be changed each month. I made him a dashboard page and he can change everything from on single page. As everything is a symbol, the changes spread on all the site.