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Set and Remove Editing Restrictions in Word 2013 Documents

Posted by Satya Prakash Articles | Office 2013 December 03, 2012
In this article I am going to explain how to make Word document non-editable.
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Set Editing Restrictions in Word 2013 documents

Microsoft Word also allows us to restrict the user from editing & formatting documents created by Word. Do the following simple procedure to set the editing restrictions of a Word document.

Step 1

Open the Word document that you want to set the editing restrictions for.

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Step 2

Click the File Tab and then click the Info option and then the Protect Document button that shows a list of options to be selected.

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Step 3

Select the Restrict Editing option. This will open the actual document and it will also provide the option to set the editing restrictions in the Editing Restriction area. Here you can set the formatting as well as editing restrictions on the document.

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Step 4

Now check the Allow only this type of editing document within the Editing Restrictions and choose the No change (Read only) option in the dropdown list and then select Everyone in groups.

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Step 5

Now after setting all restriction options click the Yes, Start Enforcing Protection button which will display a Start Enforcing Protection dialog box for asking the password so no one can change the setting. now you can enter the password or simply leave it blank to set no password protection.

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Step 6

At last click the Ok button and you will find that your document is editing protected.

Remove Editing Restriction in Word Documents

Step 1

Open your restricted Word document that you want to remove the restrictions from.

Step 2

Click the File Tab and then click the Info option and then the Protect Document button that shows a list of options to be selected.

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Step 3

Select the Restrict Editing option. This will display the Restrict Formatting and Editing area.

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Step 4

Click over the Stop protection button. It will ask a password that you set at the time of setting editing or formatting restrictions for removing the editing restrictions, otherwise it will simply remove the restrictions.

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