Prompt to open a Microsoft Office Word document as read-only

If you don't want content reviewers to accidentally modify a file, you can display a prompt recommends, but does not require, that reviewers open a file as read-only. A read-only file can be read or copied. If changes to a read-only file are made, the changes can only be saved by giving the file a new name.

In Microsoft Office Word 2007

  1. In a Word file, click the Microsoft Office Button Office button image , and then click Save As.

  2. Click Tools, and then click General Options.

  3. Select the Read-only recommended check box.

  4. Click OK.

  5. Click Save. If prompted, click Yes to update the existing file with the new read-only setting.

In Microsoft Office Word 2003, 2002, or 2000

  1. In a Word file, on the Tools menu, click Options.

  2. Click the Security tab.

  3. Select the Read-only recommended check box, and then click OK.

  4. Click Save.

Connect with an expert
Contact us
Expand your skills
Explore training

Was this information helpful?

Thank you for your feedback!

Thank you for your feedback! It sounds like it might be helpful to connect you to one of our Office support agents.

×