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I am trying to create and email word and excel files containing legal contracts so that the receiving party will be able to view and print the files, but not make any changes to the text. I currently send hard copies of these contracts by snail mail to avoid having the contract terms changed. I use windows 2002 and excel 2000.

I tried by saving a word document via save as / tools / security options / protect document (forms+password). This seemed to work but I was able to beat it by opening a blank document, then inserting the protected document into the blank. Upon doing so I could change the text freely.

Please let me know if there is any way to protect the file or if any downloadable encription software would do the trick. I've heard that by converting the files into adobe format will allow some protection, but I dont have the full version of acrobat to test this and would like to aviod having to buy it.

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Check these out and see if they will help :

Helping Protect Excel and Word Documents

Protector™ add-in for MS Office (PaM™)Overview of PaM - Protector add-in for MS Office

How to prevent alteration of your documents, remove potentially embarrassing metadata, lock up your documents and protect them from yourself.

Free Encryption Software

Free Encryption - PGP for many O/Ses

Hope this helps.

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