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Disable SAVE & SAVE AS functions in MS Word

Posted on 2013-06-03
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I have several open PCs where users are free to view existing MS Word documents.  I need to be able to: 1) prevent users from performing a SAVE operation on existing documents &
2) prevent users from using the SAVE AS for existing or new documents.  Protecting document content is of no importance.

Idealy, I would to disable the SAVE & SAVE AS functions in MS Word 2003 & MS Word 2010.
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by:Brian Pringle
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There is no way to do that in Word 2003.  You can protect a document, but that only works in a domain environment where you have trust settings enabled.  

The next option is to convert the documents to PDF files, which would prevent them from being edited.

The user will always have the ability to take a screenshot or cut and paste the contents of the document.  

What is your intention?  Why are you trying to accomplish this?
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by:tss-nm
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Re-read the question for the why.  Can it be done in Word 2010?   Part of the question.
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Brian Pringle earned 500 total points
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I did read the question and still am trying to figure out what you are trying to accomplish.  If you don't want them to be able to modify the document, then converting it to a PDF is best.  If you don't want them taking it out of your environment, then you need to setup some policies to protect the document.

Please check out the following article and see if that is what you are trying to accomplish.

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word-help/protect-your-document-workbook-or-presentation-with-passwords-permission-and-other-restrictions-HA010354324.aspx

The permissions are for Word 2007 and above, but are easier to manage in Word 2010+ because of Windows Live integration rather than solely domain integration.
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by:tss-nm
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The protection option will do.  I do not want to have to convert to PDF.  I was wanting to just disable the Save feature.
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