Master documents: Lock or unlock a subdocument

A subdocument in a master document (master document: A "container" for a set of separate files (or subdocuments). You can use a master document to set up and manage a multipart document, such as a book with several chapters.) may be locked when somone else is working on it, or it may be set to open as read-only.

  1. On the View menu, click Outline.
  2. If the subdocuments are collapsed, on the Outlining toolbar (toolbar: A bar with buttons and options that you use to carry out commands. To display a toolbar, press ALT and then SHIFT+F10.), click Expand Subdocuments Button image.
  3. Click anywhere in the subdocument that you want to lock or unlock.
  4. On the Outlining toolbar, click Lock Document Button image.


Microsoft Word locks subdocuments when any of the following cases is true:

Applies to:
Word 2003