Designate that a particular document is a corporate record. Once declared as a corporate record, edit and delete control of the document is passed from the user to the recordkeeping process, as administered by the corporate records management professionals. Once declared as a record, a document can only be modified or deleted by the records management process, not by the end user. At all times, users should be aware of which documents are records (have been declared) versus those that are not (not declared). Declaration may be completely manual, e.g. the user decides when to declare, then sets a property or selects a menu option to declare the document. Alternatively, it can be automated, e.g. when a certain property is set, the declaration process is automatically triggered.