Making Word Documents Read Only

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Making Word Documents Read Only

Making Word Documents Read Only

It is sometimes desirable to let readers know a document is final so they won't edit the document. The simplest way to do this is to mark the document as final.

To mark a Microsoft Word document as final:

  1. From the FILE menu, click Info and then Protect Document:
  2. Select Mark as Final:
  3. In the dialog box that appears, click OK:
  4. If a second dialog box appears, click OK: You can also check the Don't show this message again box if you do not want that dialog to come up every time you mark a document as final.

Note that the document is now clearly marked as final, but that readers may still edit the document by clicking Edit Anyway:

We will cover actually preventing readers from editing a document later in this lesson.