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    Force "Read Only" only in original spreadsheet - NOT in resultant "saved as" spreadsheets

    I have 1 template that I don't want a variety of users to save on top of. I want people to be able to use it to generate reports but keep it blank, saving their own results in a separate document.

    Therefore, I forced "Read Only" when people open the spreadsheet using this VB code:
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    I'm running into 2 issues:
    1. After someone hits "Save As" and it becomes another document, later on that new document also becomes Read Only and I don't want this. Is there some way to reference the specific name of the original report template document so that it's only read only if the file name is that original document name?
    2. Users are supposed to copy/paste information from another workbook. Whenever I toggle across workbooks in the same instance of Excel, selecting my Read Only reports template workbook, I get "Run-time error '1004': Method 'ChangeFileAccess' of object '_Workbook' failed".

    Any thoughts? Thanks so much in advance!

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    Re: Force "Read Only" only in original spreadsheet - NOT in resultant "saved as" spreadshe

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    Untested but try

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    Re 2. Does this also happen if you select a non template file?

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    Re: Force "Read Only" only in original spreadsheet - NOT in resultant "saved as" spreadshe

    EDIT: Never mind! This code does work for read only for just the original file. I figured out what it was - it was the . instead of the comma. Thank you!!!
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    I'm not sure what's causing the other error message. Really, if I could just ignore the error message everything else seems to be working fine.

    I really appreciate your help!
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