Protecting Content in LibreOffice Writer

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The following is an overview of the different ways of protecting contents in LibreOffice Writer from being modified, deleted or viewed.

Protecting Sections in LibreOffice Writer

Any section of a LibreOffice Writer text document can be protected against changes with a password.

Warning.png This protection is not intended to be a secure protection. It is just a switch to protect the section against accidental changes.
Turning on protection Select the text. Choose Insert - Section - Section, then under Write protection mark the Protect and With password check boxes. (If the section already exists: Format - Sections.) Enter and confirm a password of at least one character.
Turning off protection Choose Format - Sections - Section and under Write protection clear the Protect check box. Enter the correct password.

Protecting Cells in a LibreOffice Writer Table

You can protect the contents of individual cells of a LibreOffice Writer text table from changes.

Warning.png This protection is not intended to be a secure protection. It is just a switch to protect the cells against accidental changes.
Turning on protection Place the cursor in a cell or select cells. Right-click to open the context menu, then choose Cell - Protect.
Turning off protection Place the cursor in the cell or select the cells. First, if necessary, choose Tools - Options' - LibreOffice Writer - Formatting Aids' and mark Cursor in protected areas - Enable. Then right-click the cell to open the context menu, choose Cell - Unprotect.

Select the table in the Navigator, open the context menu and select Table - Unprotect.

Use Shift+Ctrl+T to remove protection for the entire current table or all selected tables.

Automatic Protection of Indexes and Tables

Tables of contents and indexes created automatically in a LibreOffice Writer text are automatically protected against accidental changes.

Warning.png This protection is not intended to be a secure protection. It is just a switch to protect the contents against accidental changes.
Turning on protection Place the cursor in the index/table of contents.

From the context menu choose Edit Index or Table of Contents. On the Index or Table of Contents tab page, mark Protected against manual changes.

Turning off protection Place the cursor in the index. First of all, if necessary, under Tools - Options' - LibreOffice Writer - Formatting Aids , mark Cursor in protected areas - Enable'.

From the context menu choose Edit Index or Table of Contents. On the Index or Table of Contents tab page, unmark Protected against manual changes.

In the Navigator, select the index, then open the context menu in the Navigator and select Index - Read-only.

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