Lock or protect a form

If you want to limit how much others can edit or format a form, use the Restrict Editing command:

  1. Open the form that you want to lock or protect.

  2. Press CTRL+A , or click Home > Select > Select All.

  3. Click Developer > Restrict Editing.

  4. Click Allow only this type of editing in the document, and then Filling in forms.

  5. Click Yes, Start Enforcing Protection.

If you don’t see the developer tab, do the following:

  1. Click the File tab.

  2. Click Options.

  3. Click Customize Ribbon.

  4. Under Customize the Ribbon, in the list under Main Tabs, select the Developer check box, and then click OK.

Tip:  Test the form prior to distributing it. Open the form, fill it out as the user would, and then save a copy.

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