How to Lock Text Boxes in Word

Written by greg lindberg
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In the Microsoft Office Word application you can create many types of text-based documents as well as add graphics to create posters and flyers. When you add a text box to your document you may want to protect the content from being deleted or edited if other people have access to the document. In order to lock your text boxes you will need to make sure you have the text formatted that way you want and then lock the position of the text box using the Lock anchor option.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Microsoft Word

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Open the Microsoft Word document that contains the text boxes that you want to lock. Right-click on the text box you want to lock and then click on the “Format TexBox” option.

  2. 2

    Click on the “Layout” tab and then click on the “Advanced” button. Select the “Alignment” option below the “Vertical” heading and then select the “Bottom” option from the drop-down menu.

  3. 3

    Select the “Margin” option from the drop-down menu next to the “relative to” field. Click on the box next to the “Move object with text” field so that it’s deselected.

  4. 4

    Click on the box next to the “Lock anchor” field so that it’s selected. Click on the “OK” button.

  5. 5

    Move your cursor about the text box. Click on the “Insert” option from the top toolbar menu and then click on the “Break” option if you’re using Word 2003. Click on the “Page Layout” tab and click on the “Breaks” icon for Word 2007.

  6. 6

    Select the “Continuous Break” option. Click on the “Tools” option and then click on the “Protect Document” option for Word 2003. Click on the “Review” tab and click on the “Protect Document” icon for Word 2007.

  7. 7

    Click on the “Select sections” option and then select the section of your document where your text box is located. Click on the “OK” option and then click on the “Yes, Start Enforcing Protection” button.

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