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    Protecting portions of document

    I have a rather interesting problem that so far, I can't seem to find a good answer for.

    I am maintaining a set of Word Templates that have imbedded macros. One of the problems we have is that we need to restrict portions of the document from changes. Not sections of the document, just specific passages, even down to individual words.

    Is such a thing possible?

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    Re: Protecting portions of document

    It is not directly possible. One possibility would be to use AutoText fields with your language being tho AutoText entries. Have the fields updated prior to printing / saving.

    You could have your print/save macros check for the existance of the fields and if they were not there prompt the user for permission to Undo until they are found. This would not be simple and could be circumvented.
    Charles Kyle Kenyon
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    Re: Protecting portions of document

    Hi Briana:

    Word doesn't have any built in way to protect a single word or table cell. The way that you can protect against certain editing changes is to:
    1. Divide a document into sections & then protect only those sections that you wish unchanged.

    2. You can combine this with putting formfields in a document which contain the information in which you allow editing. These formfields can be separated by individual
    words, if desired.

    You can password protect these forms to prevent changes.

    Hope this helps.

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    Re: Protecting portions of document

    If you are only attempting to prevent accidents, you could try using fields (e.g., AUTOTEXT, REF) to display the text from a safe place. If the document options are set to update fields at print time, it won't matter if users edit them. Users can, however, delete them completely. So ultimately it's not failsafe...

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