Protect sections of a complex document

Occasionally, you will have portions of a document that act as a form. In these portions, you want users to be limited to inputting information in "blanks." Other parts of the document, however, need to be freely editable.

To achieve this result, you need to break the document into sections. Sections containing form fields are protected, thereby limiting users to those fields. Sections that need to be freely editable are not protected.

  1. Insert section breaks immediately before and after portions that should be freely editable. Choose Insert → Break and select an option from Section break types.

    Often, protected areas of forms and the areas that should be freely editable occur on the same page. In such situations, insert a Continuous section break.

  2. Choose Tools ? Protect Document.
  3. In the Editing Restrictions section Allow only this type of editing in the document.
  4. In the drop-down list, select Filling in forms.
  5. Click Select sections.
  6. In the Section Protection dialog box, select the sections you want protected and deselect the sections that should be freely editable.
  7. Click OK.
  8. Click the Yes, Start Enforcing Protection button in the task pane.
  9. Optionally, enter a password so that users cannot unprotect the document without the password.


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