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Phil Lewis
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I need to protect a proprietary spreadsheet.  We've created what we suspect is a unique tool that helps us in our line of work (civil engineering).  We feel like it is something that gives us a competitive advantage, and we want to prevent it from being uploaded, shared, or spirited off by a departing employee (for instance).  

 

We want the spreadsheet to be readily available writable, copyable, etc for our staff, yet somehow protect it. I'm an IT guy and not a heavy excel user, and I'm hoping there are tools or best practices for this situation.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Solution
This is where "Information Rights Managment" comes into play. See : https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=34768
Jan, This looks like what we need! We'll do some testing.

Thanks for this!
You're welcome.
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