HRESULT E_FAIL when accessing Document.Permission property RRS feed

  • Question

  • I'm trying to get permissions from a Word document in VSTO add-in:

    public partial class ThisAddIn
        private void ThisAddIn_Startup(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
            Application.DocumentBeforeSave += ApplicationOnDocumentBeforeSave;
            Application.DocumentOpen += ApplicationOnDocumentOpen;
        private void ApplicationOnDocumentOpen(Word.Document doc)
            var p = doc.Permission;
        private void ApplicationOnDocumentBeforeSave(Word.Document doc, ref bool saveAsUI, ref bool cancel)
            var p = doc.Permission;
        private void ThisAddIn_Shutdown(object sender, System.EventArgs e) { }
        // Designer code omitted

    But when doc.Permission is accessed (no matter which event handler), an error occurs:

    System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException (0x80004005): 
        Error HRESULT E_FAIL has been returned from a call to a COM component.
    at Microsoft.Office.Interop.Word.DocumentClass.get_Permission()

    From the Permission interface documentation, it raises an error when the Windows Rights Management client is not installed. But I have Rights Management Service Client 2.1 installed. I tried different Office accounts, start with elevated permissions, run on a different computer, but the error is always the same.

    I'm using Visual Studio 2015 and Word 2016.

    Monday, May 22, 2017 3:06 PM

All replies

  • Hi AlekseyShubin,

    I try to test your code on my side.

    first I try to set the permission using code below.

    Sub demo()
    Dim objUserPerm As Office.UserPermission
     Set objUserPerm = ActiveDocument.Permission.Add( _
     "", _
     msoPermissionRead + msoPermissionEdit, #12/31/2017#)
     MsgBox "Permissions added for " & _
     objUserPerm.UserId, _
     vbInformation + vbOKOnly, _
     "Permissions Added"
     Set objUserPerm = Nothing
    End Sub

    then I try to debug your code.

    and I find that I did not receive any error and I can see the details regarding permission when I hover the mouse on variable "P".


    Permission.Add Method (Office)

    Document.Permission Property (Word)

    you can try to test it on your side and check the results.

    I try to check on my machine and I find that my machine does not have Windows Rights Management client installed.



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    Tuesday, May 23, 2017 3:07 AM