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Special Edition Using® Microsoft® Office Word 2003 by Bill Camarda

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Using Permissions to Restrict Who May Use Your Documents

Traditionally, you protected a document by restricting access to its location or contents via a password. However, after a document was opened with the correct password, you had no other way to restrict its usage or dissemination. The new Information Rights Management (IRM) feature built into Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003 and standalone versions of Word 2003 changes that.

Using IRM, you can now associate specific permissions and restrictions with any document, giving users only the permissions they need to get their jobs done. For example, you can prevent people from

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