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    Protected Document, still access inserted Object (XP)

    Hi, I have a Word Document that has about 10 objects embedded (as icons) - these are either other .doc or .pdf files.

    I want to protect the document so uses cant easily change the text, but still allow the user to double click the inserted object's icon, to open the embedded document.

    Is this possible?

    The best i have done is using section breaks either side of the object, but then the user can cut the object / delete it etc.

    I suppose I can make the whole .doc read only - this would be my next best option.

    I can PDF the document, but it loses the embedded documents data.

    Thanks
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    pmatz

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    Re: Protected Document, still access inserted Object (XP)

    There's no really good solution for this - the only thing making a document read-only does is prevent the user from saving it under the original name. The user can still edit it.

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    Re: Protected Document, still access inserted Object (XP)

    Hi Hans,

    How about if the user clicks on a check box that has an 'on exit' macro that runs code to open a *copy* of the embedded object, which is discarded without saving when the user exits the copy and the check box is then returned to its previous unchecked state?
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    Paul Edstein
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    Re: Protected Document, still access inserted Object (XP)

    Interesting approach... A malicious person could still import the protected document into a blank new document, though.

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    Re: Protected Document, still access inserted Object (XP)

    Thanks Hans and Paul.

    I don't really want to have the 'enable macros' flag up, otherwise i might have gone for the on exit macro idea.

    Cheers
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    Re: Protected Document, still access inserted Object (XP)

    You won't be able to do what you want without macros, I fear. Perhaps a PDF with hyperlinks to external files would be better.

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