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Making file read only in Word 2003

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  1. lanas

    lanas Thread Starter

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    Hello,
    made my file "read only" via Tools-Protect document. Now when opening every time I get a prompt "enter password to modify or open to read only". Is it possible to make so, that document would be opened without prompting message what to do next?
     
  2. Jason08

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    Did you see an option to just do read-only, without password?
     
  3. lanas

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    Actually I don't see this option. Where it is?
     
  4. Jason08

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    I'm not using Word 2003, but I was thinking there might have been that option where the option is to make it read-only. I was thinking there may be more than 1 option for read-only.
     
  5. lanas

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    I've looked everywhere, but I don't see such possibility.
     
  6. DaveA

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    Either you want this file "Protected" or you don't.
    If you want it protected, the YES, you are going to have to type the password every time.
     
  7. slurpee55

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    From the help file in 2003:
    "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 on the Standard toolbar. "

    Or, you could just click on the file, go to Properties and click on Read-Only.
    All of these are very easy to circumvent, however.
     
  8. slurpee55

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    Oh, and I second DaveA's croak (or whatever his avatar is!).... ;)
     
  9. lanas

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    Well, my aim is to make document read only, but somehow without this annoying pop up to enter password or to open read only, that anybody could easily open it.
    But it seems it is impossible to avoid this prompt.
     
  10. DoubleHelix

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    The Word document format is not a read-only format. It's easy to just save the file under a different name and make all the changes you want. If you want to protect an original from being modified on a server or share location, you'd need to set permissions on that server/folder/share/drive.
     
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