Protect Documents and Parts of Documents

You can add protection to Word documents to prevent users from making any edits to the document.

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The following code example protects the active document. To use this code example, run it from the ThisAddIn class in your project.

object noReset = false;
object password = System.String.Empty;
object useIRM = false;
object enforceStyleLock = false;
ref noReset, ref password, ref useIRM, ref enforceStyleLock);


When a document is protected, the user can make only limited changes, such as adding annotations, making revisions, or completing a form. Even if a document is protected with a password, Aspose.Words does not require the password to open, modify or unprotect this document.

When you use Aspose.Words to protect a document, you have an option of keeping the existing password or specifying a new password.

Use the Document.Protect method to protect a document from changes. This method accepts a ProtectionType parameter and optionally a password by passing one as the second parameter Document.Protect.

Document doc = new Document();
doc.Protect(ProtectionType.AllowOnlyFormFields, "password");

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