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Locking Word Documents 

If you would like to lock a Word document to prevent unauthorized modification, you can save the document with a password that will then be required to make changes.

1. In Word's "Save As" dialog box, click the Tools pick list, then General Options, then Password to Modify.

2. Enter a password and click OK. You will be prompted to enter the password again. Do so, then click OK and you will return to the "Save As" dialog.

3. Save the document.

When users download the document and attempt to open it, they will be prompted to enter either the password or to open the document Read Only.