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Remove Mark as Final Option in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows

Learn how to remove Mark as Final to a presentation in PowerPoint 2007.


Product/Version: PowerPoint 2007 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8

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).

Mark as Final icon
Figure 1: Mark as Final icon

Note: Presentations that have been marked as final in PowerPoint 2007 or 2010 will not be read-only if they are opened in previous versions of PowerPoint (2003 and earlier). In addition, do remember that Mark as Final is one of the new features that not only works with the PPTX file format, but also with the older PPT file format (see our article on PowerPoint File Formats).

Remove Mark as Final

Follow these steps to remove the Mark as Final command applied to a presentation in PowerPoint 2007:

  1. Open any existing presentation that has the Mark as Final command applied.
  2. 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).

    Presentation marked as final
    Figure 2: Presentation marked as final
  3. 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).

    Mark as Final
    Figure 3: Mark as Final
  4. When you unmark a presentation, the icon disappears from the status bar (see Figure 4).

    Unmarked presentation
    Figure 4: Unmarked presentation

See Also:

Remove Mark as Final in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Remove Mark as Final Option in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Remove Mark as Final in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

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