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    mishj
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    Locking footer? (2000 SR-1)

    Is there a way to lock or password-protect a footer so that people cannot change the text in the footer, but have full control over the rest of the document?

    I searched through the archive and found the following suggestion: One way to protect the headers only, without code, is to create a document, and put a continuous section break in the first character of the document. Then protect the document for forms- Tools, Protect, Forms, click on sections. Then untick section 2. Also put a password in the protect.

    I tried this for the footer and was able to get the footer password-protected. However, Page Setup, Bullet Formatting and other menu options were no longer available, even within the text that wasn't password protected.

    I'm trying to keep the copyright and author information on a document that others should be able to modify to fit their own needs.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks a bunch!
    That will enable users to change document text without changing the header.

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    KTYorke
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    Re: Locking footer? (2000 SR-1)

    mishj,
    I'm glad you said why you were trying to lock the footer... otherwise that would have been my question. I don't know how to do what you are asking but I have a suggestion about fixing the author and copyright information so that the user would not be able to change it - or at least you'd know if it had been messed with.

    Would it be feasible to create a graphic, with all the information that goes in the footer - maybe add your company logo (or with some nuance so it's not so easy to recreate) - and insert that into the footer. This way the author has complete control of the document but if they try to mess with the footer they would have to create a new graphic to go there. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>

    It's an idea (based on the info here) if no one else knows how to do what you'd like.
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    Re: Locking footer? (2000 SR-1)

    Would <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.wopr.com/cgi-bin/w3t/showthreaded.pl?Cat=&Board=wrd&Number=80127&page=0 &view=expanded&sb=5&o=0#Post80127>this post from BAM</A> help?
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    Re: Locking footer? (2000 SR-1)

    See <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.mvps.org/word/FAQs/Customization/ProtectWord2000Header.htm>this article</A> by MS MVP Bill Coan for a way to do this using VBA.

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    Re: Locking footer? (2000 SR-1)

    Also, when you protect a document for forms you lose the Undo stack, so changes made can't be undone once the Protect is done.

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