How to Prevent Copying in a Word Document

Microsoft Office users who regularly use Word to create and share documents may or may not know that documents created in Microsoft Word can be copy-protected. A copy-protected document, also commonly referred to as a read-only document, allows a personal computer (PC) user to restrict other PC users from making modifications, or edits to a documents. Microsoft Office users, according to Microsoft, “can use the ‘Mark as Final’ command to make the document read-only and prevent changes to the document.” The “Mark as Final” command is only available in Microsoft Office 2007.

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Create a Word document in Microsoft Office 2007. If you already have a Word 2007 document, open the document.

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Find the “Mark as Final” tool by clicking on the Office button located at the top left-hand corner and then go to the “Prepare” button; the “Mark as final” command is located under “Prepare.”

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Disable all proofing tools, such as copying and pasting, in your Word 2007 document by clicking on the “Mark as Final” tool located under the “Prepare” sub-menu.