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Protecting a Document

You can use the security options in Word to protect the integrity of your documents as others review it. At times, you will want the information in a document to be used, but not changed; at other times, you might want only specific people in your office to be able to view the document. When you set a password to a document, take a moment to write it down exactly as it was entered; the password is case-sensitive. Word doesn't keep a list of passwords. If you lose or forget the password for a protected document, you will not be able to open it.

Protect a Document

Click the Tools menu, and then click Protect Document.

Select or clear the Limit Formatting To A Selection Of Styles check box.

Select the Allow Only This Type Of Editing In The Document check box.

Click the Editing Restrictions list arrow, and then select an editing restriction.

Select the groups you want to edit the document and any document area restrictions.

Click Yes, Start Enforcing Protection.

Type a password, and then type the password again to confirm it.

Click OK.

When you're done, click the Close button on the task pane.


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