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Old 11-29-2004, 03:54 AM
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Question How to create a read-only text in Word, or Notepad, or Wordpad?

Can anyone enlighten me--how to make the copyright symbol (circled C) of an essay UN-DELETABLE? For that matter, how, if at all, to make the text of an essay 'READ-ONLY', so none can delete any part or whole of it?
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Old 11-29-2004, 04:06 AM
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In Word do Tools - Options - Save tab and set a password to modify. Notepad - not possible and also Wordpad not possible. Dont forget the password though.
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Old 11-29-2004, 05:06 AM
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In Notepad or Wordpad, save the file. Then right click on the file and choose properties. Put a check in read-only.
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Old 11-29-2004, 09:21 AM
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A "write-reservation" password can be helpful in preserving the integrity of an original document, but it’ll not prevent the original document from being amended and then saved under a different file-name or stop its content from being copied and pasted and then amended.

What are you hoping to prevent from happening?
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Old 11-29-2004, 12:01 PM
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Cool READ-ONLY Text

Thank you MMFELL, Sunny & brett for your prompt help. I appreciate it very much!
However, MMFELL-- I tried your method, yet was able to easily delete, and retype words in a supposedly read-only text(had put a password in 'password modify', with, and again without, Read Only ("recommended", says Word next to that check box) box checked.

Notepad and Wordpad also did not work for me, sorry Sunny, and MMFELL had already warned against them.

Brett--I wish to protect the copyright symbol, placed in the heading of an essay, from being deleted when the essay leaves me for publisher. I figured if copyright symbol can be made undeletable, then any letter/word/even boilerplate text can be done so.
But possibly that's impossible in an e-mode; it will be tougher to modify an original hard copy. Brett, u r right, an e-text can be copied and changed, too!

If you have any other ideas, please tell me, ok? Thank you again for your help.

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Old 11-29-2004, 05:48 PM
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Thank you MMFELL, Sunny & brett for your prompt help. I appreciate it very much!
However, MMFELL-- I tried your method, yet was able to easily delete, and retype words in a supposedly read-only text(had put a password in 'password modify', with, and again without, Read Only ("recommended", says Word next to that check box) box checked.
Yes but you would not be able to save it into the original file/location.
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Brett--I wish to protect the copyright symbol, placed in the heading of an essay, from being deleted when the essay leaves me for publisher. I figured if copyright symbol can be made undeletable, then any letter/word/even boilerplate text can be done so.
But possibly that's impossible in an e-mode; it will be tougher to modify an original hard copy. Brett, u r right, an e-text can be copied and changed, too!
The only way I can think of at the moment is to get Adobe (full version) and then if you create a PDF document you can protect it from even being selected (the contents that is) so that copy/paste will not work. Problem is that fiull Adobe is not cheap! Dont forget that if the document can be printed then a pass through a scanner and OCR will render it back into soft-copy mode without too much problem.
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Old 11-29-2004, 07:39 PM
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Joy, I use Solid Converter to create pdf files. It has worked
well for me for several years. There are other good programs
as well.
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Joy, I use Solid Converter to create pdf files. It has worked
well for me for several years. There are other good programs
as well.
Yes but will they provide the password and non-selectability of full Adobe.
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Old 11-30-2004, 09:40 AM
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It doesn't offer all the bells and whistles of Adobe, but
works very well for simpler uses at a reasonable price.
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Old 11-30-2004, 10:58 AM
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Talking Read-only File Creation

Thank you, MFELL and Maka. Thank you very much for all the info, now I know exactly where I stand.
Probably the best solution is to go the non-geek way (and I am hardly a geek!), if need be, use a lawyer in the good old conventional way!!
I really appreciate your willingness to help out and also point out the e-limitations.
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Old 11-30-2004, 04:50 PM
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Would it not be a better idea to simply register your copyright?

http://www.copyright.gov/
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Old 12-13-2004, 02:18 PM
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Wink Right-click protect copyright

Yes, brett! That's the best way out. However, it's kind of sobering to know that there is hardly any way to make letters/texts immutable in the e-world!
Thank you all for your tips and advice.
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