Prevent someone from accidentally changing your Word or WordPad document…
Make the document READ-ONLY
If you set the attributes of a document to READ-ONLY, when you open the document, the Title bar (at the top of the window) will show the name of the document along with the words [READ-ONLY].
This means you can make changes, but when you go to save the document, the program will require you to save the file with a new name or location to prevent over-writing the original document.
Of course if you really want to change the original document, just remove the READ-ONLY property BEFORE you open the file.
Here’s how to make a document READ-ONLY:
1. Locate the file but DO NOT OPEN IT.
2. Right-click on the file name.
3. Click PROPERTIES.
4. On the GENERAL tab, click the check-box for READ-ONLY.
5. Click OK.