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    Document Properties (WinXp)

    Hi is it possible to disable specific fields in document properties that you do not want a user to be able to modify and do it without any protection for the rest of the document. I have to hand over a document to a manager who is going to claim it for himself when I have done the work. I don't think he will be aware of the properties box or metadata but just in case I want to ensure my personal information makes him some work to get rid of. The document has to remain completely interactive with too many tables to section so document protection is not really an option. <img src=/S/disappointed.gif border=0 alt=disappointed width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Document Properties (WinXp)

    I don't think that is possible. You could put your personal info in document variables. They can only be manipulated in Visual Basic.

    Or you could create a userform with copyright info, plus a way to display the userform from the document, then lock the VBA project for viewing with a password. The document will generate a macro warning each time it is opened, however.

    But if your manager really wants to claim the document as his own, he can import the complete contents into a new document...

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    Re: Document Properties (WinXp)

    > lock the VBA project

    If the project (VBA code) can be locked, then perhaps one could use a simple auto-macro that reloads the contents each time the document is opened (and sets document.Saved=True)?

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    Re: Document Properties (WinXp)

    Thanks for the replies, I will look at what can be done with Doc Variables

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    Re: Document Properties (WinXp)

    You could still open the document with macros disabled.
    You could still copy the contents of the document to a new document.

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    Re: Document Properties (WinXp)

    Why don't you create an innocent looking style (say BodyText4) with white font. Put it in a small frame with no borders at the edge of the document. Then type "Created by your name on date". It won't show up on screen (white font), it will be copied to a new document if the entire old document is inserted (or selected, copied, & pasted). If you ever have to "prove" that the document was yours, just change the style BodyText4 to have black (or automatic) color font. <img src=/S/sneaky.gif border=0 alt=sneaky width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Document Properties (WinXp)

    True. (sigh)

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    Re: Document Properties (WinXp)

    > create an innocent looking style

    Or your could encrypt a date-stamp within the document. This might travel with the text if the user should Ctrl-A, Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V to select all, copy and paste. <post#=367957>post 367957</post#>

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    Re: Document Properties (WinXp)

    ... and of course there is always the good old "watermark" graphic hidden behind the text on every page as part of headers or footers in white on white <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    Where this thread leads me is to a question of how knowledgeable this person is?

    If they really know their stuff - most tricks will be obvious to them, if, though, they're technically average, many simple things (like hidden text formatting) could be used.

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