possibility of 'write-protecting' text in Word 2003
Thread poster: Jonathan MacKerron

Jonathan MacKerron  Identity Verified
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Apr 20, 2009

Hi All,
I have the German version of Word 2002, and would like to know if it is possible to "write-protect" parts of a Word file. I have a large text file, parts of which will be reviewed by different people. My aim is to write-protect these different parts as they come available, so as to avoid any inadvertent changes when working in other parts of the text.
Many thanks,

[Edited at 2009-04-20 10:25 GMT]

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Endre Both  Identity Verified
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No, you cannot write-protect parts of a Word document as far as I'm aware.

You could either turn "Track Changes" on so that at least you can easily spot changes in off-limits parts of the text, or you could send the reviewer only the editable part as Word doc, together with a PDF of the full text for reference.


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Kevin Fulton  Identity Verified
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Highlight non-editable text Apr 20, 2009

Highlighting text that shouldn't be touched might be a step toward preventing accidental tampering.

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Hidetoshi kudo
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Tool > Protect Document Apr 20, 2009

This might help you. At least MSword 2003 has this function. I have never used it though...

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Yossi Rozenman  Identity Verified
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You can protect selected sections Apr 20, 2009

Like Hidetoshi Kudo wrote, use Tools -> Protect Document. I have Word 2003, but it should be similar to 2002.

First, insert a section break (can be continuous) before and after the parts you want to protect. Then, click Tools -> Protect Document.

In the Protect Document pane that opens, under "Editing restrictions" select "Filling in forms" from the dropdown list. A "Select sections..." option will appear. Click it and select the sections you want to protect.

Finally, click "Yes, start enforcing protection".

[Edited at 2009-04-20 14:19 GMT]

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Jonathan MacKerron  Identity Verified
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Thanks for all your suggestions! Apr 21, 2009

I'll give them a try and report back on which ones work for me

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