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Disable saving of Word Document

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How do you disable saving of a Microsoft Word Document.  I have a document that I want be able to read and write to but I don't want anyone to be able to save over that document.


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One way is to find where it is located on the disk and right click on it and make sure the box marked read only is checked.

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Prompt to open a file as read-only
You can suggest, but not require, that users open a document as read-only. If a user opens the document as read-only and changes it, that person can save the document only by giving it a different file name.

On the Tools menu, click Options.
Click Security.
Select the Read-only recommended check box, and then click OK.
Click Save.

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Prompt to open a file as read-only
You can suggest, but not require, that users open a document as read-only. If a user opens the document as read-only and changes it, that person can save the document only by giving it a different file name.

On the Tools menu, click Options.
Click Security.
Select the Read-only recommended check box, and then click OK.
Click Save.
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Joanne M. OrzechManager, Document Services Center
Top Expert 2004

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Why not just save the document as a template?  Then they can do File/New and access it.  
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Are you sure you want to allow other people to save changes to the file?
The built in Word mechanism that most closely resembles what you have asked is to apply a password for modifying the file (Tools/Options/Security tab).
Joanne M. OrzechManager, Document Services Center
Top Expert 2004

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Why would anyone take the time to open a document, revise it (write to it) and then not be able to save it.  It doesn't make sense.  If you want the document available for use by others with the original to remain intact, again, save it as a template and make it available under file/new.

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Templates are nice but may not meet the current requirements that aedean is asking for. Sometimes there is more than meets the eye.
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