You cannot copy, forward or print a form or message you have created even though you did not choose to prevent this

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There are occasions when you are unable to forward, print or copy a message or form despite the fact that you have not chosen this option. How does this occur, and what are all the ways of adding the $KeepPrivate field to a document in order to discourage copying, printing and forwarding?


When the $KeepPrivate field is present in a document with a value of "1", you will be unable to forward, print or copy the document. There are at least 4 ways in which the $KeepPrivate field (with a value of "1") can be added to a document. Please be advised that how ever you add this field, it is only a deterrent and not a true security feature. There are other ways people can still copy, forward or print the document if they are determined to do so.

Of the following options, only option 3 requires direct interaction from the end user of the form. Options 1, 2 and 4 do not require any interaction from the end user of the form, and may be the reason this field is added without the user/creator of the document's knowledge.

Option #1: Through Access Control List (ACL) Settings

If the creator of a document has author access or above in the ACL of a particular database, however the 'Replicate or copy documents' permission is not selected for that user, then whenever that user creates a document, the $KeepPrivate field will be created and its value will be set to "1". For more information on this option, please consult the Domino Administrator's Guide.

This issue was reported to Quality Engineering as SPR# IMAO5Q6KMX and has been fixed in 8.0.1. Notes 8.0.1 and later do not set a $KeepPrivate field. For more information, see the technote titled "Replicate or copy documents' privilege does not work as expected" (#1202790)

Option #2: Through the Design Client

Assuming you have the appropriate access in the ACL for the database, you can access and change the form properties in the Design client. On the Security Tab of the Form Properties, you can select 'Disable printing/forwarding/copying to clipboard'. Any document based on this form will have the $KeepPrivate field with its value set to "1". End users of the form may not realize this option is in place when they create documents using this form. For more information on this option, please consult the Domino Designer's Guide.

NOTE: Notes 3.x clients do not recognize the "Prevent copying" functionality. Therefore, Notes 3.x users are able to print, forward, and copy memos even when the "Prevent copying" option is enabled.

Option #3: As a 'Delivery Option' when sending mail

When you create a new message, you can select Actions, Delivery Options, and on the 'Basics' tab, you can select the 'Prevent copying' option and that will add the $KeepPrivate field (with a value of "1") to the sent message so that the receiver of the message cannot copy, print or forward the message with history. For more information on this option, please consult the Notes Online Help

Option #: 4: Manually adding the field to the form

You can manually add this field to a form if you have Design access to the form in question by either directly adding the field to the form, and setting the default value for the field to "1", or you can write an agent that will add the field, and set its value to any or all existing documents in the database. For more information on this option, please consult the Domino Designer's Guide.

Related information

How to Prevent a Document from Being Copied or Printed
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