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Chapter 25. Exploring Typical Applicatio... > Protecting a Presentation from Editi...

Protecting a Presentation from Editing or Printing

Many users want to distribute presentations with a lock on them, so the presentation cannot be edited or printed. There may be legal or pricing issues involved, or the user may not want the viewer to be able to see the steps used to create an effect. PowerPoint 97 still has no file protection feature, but there is a workaround that is quite easy to implement invisibly. It's not 100 percent foolproof, but it will protect your presentation from most PowerPoint users.

The solution is to create two separate documents. In this case, it will be two presentations. The first presentation is the one you want to protect. Let's call that Protectme.ppt. The second file is called Container.ppt and contains the Protectme.ppt file and shields it from being edited. The Container.ppt file need not be any longer than one page. To insert (and protect) the Protectme.ppt file:


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