Use Mark as Final to make your Word, Excel, or PowerPoint file read-only. When you mark as final, typing, editing commands, proofing marks are disabled or turned off, and the file becomes read-only, and the Status property of the document is set to Final.
The Mark as Final command is not a security feature. Anyone who receives an electronic copy of a file that has been marked as final can edit that file by removing the Mark as Final status from the file.
Follow the steps below to learn how:
- In your Word, PowerPoint, or Excel file, click File|Info | Protect (Document, Presentation, or Workbook) | Mark as Final. The screen shot below, shows Mark as Final in Excel 2016.
Enable editing for a file that is marked as final
The Mark as Final command is selected in files that have been marked as final. If you want to enable editing for a file that is marked as final, you can follow the procedure above to click the Mark as Final command again.
Also, you can also see that a file has been marked as final by looking for the Mark as Final icon in the status bar.