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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.

  • If you want to encrypt a presentation with a password or restrict who can edit it, see Add or remove protection in your document, workbook, or presentation.

What do you want to do?

Mark a file as final

After you click Mark as Final to mark a file as final, a message tells you that the file is marked as final to discourage editing.

  1. In your Word, PowerPoint, or Excel file, click File >Info > Protect (Document, Presentation, or Workbook) > Mark as Final. The following screen shot shows Mark as Final in Excel 2016.

Office 2016 Excel Mark as Final

Select Mark as final under Protect Workbook

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.

Note: You can also see that a file has been marked as final by looking for the Mark as Final icon in the status bar.

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