How can I disable multiuser editing in Office XP's word processor, Microsoft Word 2002?

A. The multiuser editing feature of Office XP's version of Word lets you open a locked file, edit the file locally, and merge your changes into the original document. To disable this feature, perform the following steps:

  1. Start a registry editor (e.g., regedit.exe).
  2. Navigate to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\10.0\Word\Options subkey.
  3. From the Edit menu, select New, DWORD Value.
  4. Enter a name of NoPromptToForkDocuments and press Enter.
  5. Double-click the new value, set it to 1 to disable multiuser editing, and click OK.
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