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WD: WordBasic Examples: LockDocument, LockDocument()


The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Word for Windows, versions 6.0, 6.0a, 6.0c
  • Microsoft Word for Windows 95, versions 7.0, 7.0a
  • Microsoft Word for Windows NT, version 6.0
  • Microsoft Word for the Macintosh, versions 6.0, 6.0.1


This article contains a sample macro that demonstrates the use of the following WordBasic statements or functions:



This article supplements the information in online Help. To open this Help topic in Word for Windows, click Contents on the Help menu and then choose the "Programming with Microsoft Word" topic. In Word for the Macintosh, click the Help icon, select Microsoft Word Help and choose the "Programming with Microsoft Word" topic.


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=== LockDocument
LockDocument() ===




This macro produces a Master document and creates two subdocuments. Word inserts a padlock icon in the left margin to indicate the first subdocument is locked then displays a message using the LockDocument() function before removing the files it created.

   Sub MAIN
      If SelInfo(27) = - 1 Then FileNew
      Insert "This is a Master document"
      FileSaveAs .Name = "C:\MACROMST.DOC", .AddToMru = 1
      LineDown 2
      LineUp 1
      Insert "This is Sub document1."
      FileSaveAs .Name = "C:\MSSUB1.DOC", .AddToMru = 1
      LineDown 2
      LineDown 1
      Insert "This is Sub document2."
      FileSaveAs .Name = "C:\MSSUB2.DOC", .AddToMru = 1
      LineUp 3
      MsgBox "Word will now lock sub document1. Note the padlock on the \ 
      If LockDocument() = - 1 Then
         MsgBox "The File is now locked. Choose OK to resume demo."
         MsgBox "Word will now unlock sub document1. Note the padlock \ 
         is no longer there."
      End If
      FileClose 1
      Kill "C:\MACROMST.DOC"
      Kill "C:\SUB1.DOC"
      Kill "C:\SUB2.DOC"
   End Sub 

NOTE: Word for the Macintosh users, the path information in this macro is in Word for Windows format. For the macro to work correctly, change the path statements to a Macintosh format.

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Last Reviewed: December 29, 2000
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