Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007 and 2010. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Protect Your Document Templates.
Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated January 10, 2022)
This tip applies to Word 2007 and 2010
As you work with templates, you begin to realize that they are very valuable tools. As such, they should be protected—particularly if other people use your computer. To protect a document template from being changed or deleted, you should make the template file read-only. This is easily done from within Windows (not Word) by following these steps:
Figure 1. The General tab of the Properties dialog box.
WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (11276) applies to Microsoft Word 2007 and 2010. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Protect Your Document Templates.
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