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  • MS Word and Google Docs now play nicely together

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        Tracey Capen
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        PRODUCTIVITY By Lance Whitney Just because you need to edit and share documents with someone who uses Google Docs doesn’t mean you have to renounce Wo
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        AskWoody Lounger

        Very helpful article!

        I have used Word to create a Google Doc (containing useful information and numerous links assembled over 7 years) and I give the Copied Link to select people for the purposes of viewing only. Although they cannot edit it or comment on it, is there a way to prevent people from copying the text and saving it, with the risk that someone might edit it and use it for nefarious purposes (i.e., fake information)? I’ve tested this with friends, and no matter what I do, they can always copy and save it, and hence I’ve lost potential control over the contents.

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          Da Boss

          You’re basically caught.

          There used to be a “burn after reading/no copy” setting in Word, but as I recall it didn’t work very well.

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          You could convert the document to PDF format. And not the editable type of PDF, but rather an image with no editable text. (Think of a fax in PDF format – no editable text whatsoever, it’s just an image.)

          Print the document to PDF. If the text is editable, then print the PDF to PDF. Make sure the final product that you send to someone is in fact an image and not editable text.

          Keep in mind that if someone really wants to be able to edit an image of a document, they can run it through some good OCR software, which will “reverse engineer” the document back into an editable format. There aren’t very many people who will do that, but you need to be aware that it is possible.

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        Thanks for the feedback. I will give the pdf a try, but your OCR point makes sense.

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