For a security reason, you don’t want anybody to modify a Word document you’ve made. For instance, like sensitive document, homework, or finished paper that ready to publish. Hence, Microsoft Word has a “read-only” feature which no one able to edit or make changes of the document unless they have the password.
The latest Microsoft Office suite including 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, and 365 provide password-protected options to prevent unauthorized access to modify the document.
If you want to share your document but not allowing people to make a change, check out the following guide. I’m using the Microsoft Word 2013 edition for the tutorial. Perhaps distinctive versions have a similar interface so you can mimics the guide easily.
Make Microsoft Word File Read-Only (Password Protected)
1. First, open the desired document. Heads to Review tab and select Restrict Editing menu.
2. You will see a menu to configure the profiles. In order to make Microsoft Word file read-only, check the Formatting restrictions and editing restrictions then click on the Yes, Start Enforcing Protection button.
3. Now, enter the password (no rules for the password structures) and hit OK. You also able to select User authentication as well.
4. Lastly, save the document (CTRL+S) and it’s should be locked perfectly.
Other peoples who had no password still manage to read the document and duplicate the text yet they’re not able to edit anything inside the document. The document would also be displayed on the e-book style instead of typical editing interface.
In addition, to clear the password and revert the document security as usual, simply by navigating to the View tab menu, select Edit Document, click Stop Protection button and enter the password.
So, that’s the simplest way to make Microsoft Word file Read-Only. That’s highly recommended to protect your important documents, like a school project, research paper, company’s document, and many others.