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Visio 2013  - How to password a file to make it READ ONLY

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I have a visio file which I would like to protect as READ ONLY.  How can I do this?
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by:Santosh Gupta
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Try this...
Go to Save As and then
Password protect
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by:Santosh Gupta
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Sorry wrong version
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Scott Helmers earned 500 total points
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Is this a drawing that contains VBA code? If so, is your goal to protect the VBA code in your drawing, but allow the code to run and the drawing itself to be altered?

Or is your goal to protect the drawing from being altered, i.e., make it truly read only?

Depending on your answer there are several alternatives:
1) To protect VBA code but allow it to run and allow the drawing to be altered, you can assign a password to the code. In the VB Editor window, select Tools>XXX properties, where XXX is the name of your project. On the Protection tab, add a checkmark for Lock project for viewing and then type your password.protection dialog
2) To present a read-only view of your document, you might consider publishing it as a PDF (File>Export in Visio 2013) or as a web page (File>Export>Change File Type>Web Page).

3) It's also possible to set Windows permissions on the file to read only, but I'm guessing that's probably not what you have in mind...
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by:brothertruffle880
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I'm not worried about Macros.

I do want users to double-click a shape and execute some  action.

I don't want users adding shapes or editing my diagrams.
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