PowerPoint 2007: Remove Mark as Final for Windows
Learn how to remove Mark as Final to a presentation in PowerPoint 2007.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Microsoft Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8
Date Created: September 2nd 2010
Last Updated: September 2nd 2010
Did you receive a presentation that doesn't let you make any changes? Or was this a presentation you created a while ago -- and now you cannot fathom why the slides cannot be edited? Yes, this could be a password protected presentation but that's not the only reason why you cannot edit the content -- one of the other reasons might be because it is something that had the Mark as Final option applied.
Fortunately, Mark as Final is more of an administrative tool than a security tool -- it's only purpose is to make others aware that the author of the presentation doesn't want others editing their work. First of all you need to make sure that a presentation indeed has Mark as Final applied. To do that, look in the lower left area of the status bar at the bottom of the PowerPoint interface. You should see the Mark as Final icon, as shown in Figure 1 (highlighted in red).
Figure 1: Mark as Final icon
Remove Mark as Final
Follow these steps to remove the Mark as Final command applied to a presentation in PowerPoint 2007:
- Open any existing presentation that has the Mark as Final command applied.
- To determine whether a presentation is marked as final,
look for a Mark as Final icon in the status bar at the bottom left corner
(highlighted in red in Figure 2).
Figure 2: Presentation marked as final
- Click on the Office
Button, choose Prepare | Mark as Final (see Figure
3) to undo
the hitherto finalized status (this is a toggle option -- so clicking
it once more removes the Mark as Final state).
Figure 3: Mark as Final
- When you unmark a presentation, the icon disappears from the status bar (see Figure 4).
Figure 4: Unmarked presentation
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