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Can I Lock A Document?

By spmulhall ·
I would like to be able to 'lock' a Word document (I am using MS Word 2002) thereby preventing it from being modified, I need to do this because I need to send a contractor a legally binding contract and do not want them to be able to modify it in any way.

The current functionality allows you to prevent modification to the document but only to the extent that modifications to that document as an individual file are prevented i.e. if it is saved as a different name, modifications are saved to this different document. The functionality I need is available in MS Excel where you can protect any number of cells (or a whole spreadsheet) from modification and even if a spreadsheet is saved as a different name, the protection remains and modification is prevented.

In addition, recently I was e-mailed a Word document that was locked to the extent that all I could do was to read it, I coul not modify it at all, in fact I could not even place the cursor on the page. I asked the sender buthe had no idea. This would be the preffered solution, but if anybody knows how to do either solution, I would be very grateful.

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by timwalsh In reply to Can I Lock A Document?

From Microsoft Word Help (this is from Word 2000, but the same options should be available in Word 2002; if net search word help using the keyword "protection"):

"Require a password to modify a document

When you create a password, write it down and keep it in a secure place. If you lose the password, you cannot open or gain access to the password-protected document. Learn about using passwords.

1. Open the document.
2. On the File menu, click Save As.
3. On the Tools menu in the Save As dialog box, click General Options.
4. In the Password to modify box, type a password, and then click OK.
5. In the Reenter password to modify box, type the password again, and then click OK.
6. Click Save.

Hope this helps.

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by sahr In reply to Can I Lock A Document?

The first answer is correct. However, I can easily copy the text from a password-protected document, paste the text into another Word document (keeping all the formatting),and modify that one. I prefer using Adobe Acrobat to create .pdf files for the purpose you describe. Can still copy text but the formatting would need to be redone completely.

I suspect the second problem involved a "locked" document. On the forms toolbar, there a small padlock button ("lock"). It's used to lock forms. Turn on the forms toolbar and see if the lock button is enabled. If so, it was probably turned on by mistake - without a password. Turn it off to edit the document.

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