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Can I prevent people from editing my PowerPoint presentation?

To preserve the integrity of your PowerPoint presentation, you may want to try preventing others from editing it. Depending on what version of Office you have, there are a few things you can do to prevent editing, or at least make it more difficult.

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Use the Restrict Access feature (for businesses and organizations only)

You can use the Restrict Access feature to protect your PPTX file from modifications, but this feature is only available for Microsoft 365 for business or organizations, and the feature must be enabled by your organization’s administrator in the Microsoft 365 admin panel. This means that if you are using any version lower than Microsoft 365 For business, like home or family, you won’t have this feature.

If you are on a version that supports this feature, and if your organization’s administrator has enabled it, you can locate “Access Restrictionwithin File > Info > Presentation Protection.

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You can then set the types of restrictions and file access expiration dates.

Visit the official Microsoft document site to learn more about information rights management and how to use this feature.

Make your presentation read-only or mark it as final

Making your presentation read-only or marking it permanent does not actually make your presentation uneditable. What this does is discourage others from making adjustments. It’s also useful for preventing unintended modifications, as it makes you sign up before you can make any changes to the content.

To make your presentation read only , or to mark it as final, open the PPTX file and click the “tab”a file.

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After that, click on “informationsIn the right pane.

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Once selected, a dropdown menu will appear. You can choose from these two options to make your presentation read-only:

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  • Always open as read only: This asks the reader to engage in editing the presentation, preventing accidental edits.
  • Mark as final: This lets the reader know that this is the final version of the presentation.

Selecting either option will prevent the reader from editing the presentation—unless opted in to do so by clicking the Edit Anyway button in the banner.

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While making your presentation read-only serves a purpose, it is a poor form of protection if you really want to prevent others from modifying your content.

Password protect your presentation

PowerPoint has an option that lets you encrypt your presentation and only those with a password can access it. Again, this does not fully protect the content in the presentation, but if only people with a password have access, the chances of editing the presentation are certainly lower.

Warning: This password is not stored anywhere on your local machine. Make sure to store the password in a safe place. If you forget or lose your password, you will not be able to access the presentation again.

To protect your presentation with a password, open PowerPoint, click on the File tab, and click oninformationsIn the right pane, then click Option “Protecting your presentation”.

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Next, tap “Encrypt with a password” from the menu that appears.

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The Document Encryption window will appear. Enter your password in the password text box, then click “OK.

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Re-enter the password and then click “OK” once again.

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Now anyone trying to open the presentation will need the password to access it.

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This method is more secure than simply making the presentation read-only. However, you are only preventing people from opening the PPTX file. If they have the password, they can also modify the content of the presentation. Be careful with whom you share your password. If you are concerned that your password may be exposed, change the password immediately.

Save your presentation as an image

If you want to hand your PPTX file to someone, but don’t want them to be able to copy or modify the content (easy, at least), you can convert your PowerPoint presentation to an image file and send it that way.

Open the PowerPoint presentation, and click on “a file” , then tap “Save as” in the right pane.

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Browse to the location where you’d like to save the file, and then in the Save As box, choose the type of image file you’d like to save your presentation as. You can choose between:

  • Animated GIF Format (*.gif)
  • JPEG File Interchange Format (.jpg *)
  • Portable Network Graphics PNG (*.png)
  • TIFF Tag Image File Format (*.tif)
  • Scalable Vector Graphics (*.svg) format

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Once you save your presentation as an image, you can send it to your desired recipients.

At the end of the day, there is no solid way to 100% protect your presentation. You can kindly ask recipients not to edit the content, protect the presentation with a password so only whoever you want to access can access it, or convert your presentation to an image or PDF, but even with these actions, if someone wants to edit something, they can always find a way.

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