How to mark a Microsoft Word document as Final to prevent changes?

Have you ever wanted to share a Microsoft Word document with someone but expected no changes could be made? How you can prevent changes to a Word document anyway? have you ever thought how it could be done or whether it is possible in the first place.

Well, Microsoft Word provides an option called Mark as Final. Let’s explore further to understand how it really works.


  • You should have Microsoft Word 2007 or later version installed in your PC.
  • A document created with contents.

Step 1#
Launch Microsoft Word Application and open the document.

Step 2#
Click on Office Button – Prepare – Mark as Final option

Figure 01
Figure 01

Step 3#
The following message will be displayed. Click on OK button to proceed.

Figure 02
Figure 02

Step 4#
Read the following screen which explains everything what we have done so far.

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Figure 03

Hope you learned something new today. Try it out and post your comments or questions here.

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