How to Save a PowerPoint As Read Only File

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Creating a memorable PowerPoint presentation takes hours of work. Adding pictures and videos, tweaking text, formatting -- it all takes time. All that work can disappear in the blink of an eye if an associate gets access to the file and starts changing things willy-nilly. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect your slideshow before you present it. PowerPoint 2010 allows you to save your file in read-only format, which prevents your well-intentioned colleagues from massacring your work.

  • Open the PowerPoint presentation you'd like to protect.

  • Click "File," then press "Info" in the list of options.

  • Click "Protect Presentation" in the main pane. Several protection options appear.

  • Click "Mark as Final." Marking a presentation as final turns it into a read-only document, as indicated by the option's description. The list of protection options closes after clicking on "Mark as Final."

  • Press Crtl and S simultaneously to finish saving the presentation in read-only format. You can also save the presentation using the "Save" option in the "File" menu.

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