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How can I prevent a wp doc from being edited and printed?

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I don’t know of a way to prevent a document from being printed.

To prevent it from being edited , you could protect the document.

In version 2003:

– Go to “Tools” -> “Options”
– Click on the “Security” tab, and set a password in the “Password to Modify” field.

In version 2007:

– In the “Review” section, click on “Protect Document”, and set the desired protection settings.

You can also set NTFS permissions to prevent the document from being changed.

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  • JennyMack
    Hi there, As far as I know, if the document can be opened, it can be printed. "Read-only" means you can still edit and print, just not save the changes. You might need to add extra permissions to the document (eg, a password) that only allows certain people to access it. Other than that, there is no real way to prevent the printing of a document. Thanks, Jenny Community Manager
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    Even if there was a way to disable printing the doc within an application, there is still the possibility of being able to use cut and past to copy the data into a printable document, or at the very least using screen capture to create a printable image. Good Luck! -Flame
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