How to edit a read only document. Solved

  1. Posts : 89
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    How to edit a read only document.

    I am at my wits end with this problem and would be very grateful for a solution.

    I have a document, in Dropbox though now copied to the Documents folder, which I wrote myself some years ago. I use Apache Open Office but the document is saved as an MS Word.

    I have edited this document hundreds of times without a hitch. The other day I attempted to alter the document but, to my surprise, I found it had become 'read only'.

    I have tried renaming the doc; I have emailed it to my wife's PC ( she also uses Windows 10 with a recent version of MS Word to find that she also cannot amend it and I have also tried a number of other purported solutions found on the web but all to no avail.

    Can anyone assist me please
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  2. Samuria's Avatar
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    Are the file properties set to read only? Often the quick solution is copy content into a new doc
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  3. Posts : 89
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    How to edit a read only document.

    Hello Samura,

    I have just copied and pasted the document into a new folder but it is still stuck as 'read only'.
    Now regarding file properties, this is a tricky one. I have tried giving full control to the potential owners but I find the procedure for doing this difficult. I have managed to give full control to my user account though I admit I have been unable to give full control to SYSTEM. However, none of my other files seem to need full control in order that I can amend.
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    Try and copy the content of the doc into a new blank doc (not copy the doc as a file)
    Check file attributes and not the permissions (r/c file, properties, attributes). Is it read only here?
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  5. Bree's Avatar
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    gordon99 said: View Post
    ...none of my other files seem to need full control in order that I can amend.
    Is it possible that at some time in the past you password-protected this particular Word document? Maybe the 'read only' has nothing to do with file permissions, but is a setting within the Word document itself.
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  6. Posts : 89
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    Thread Starter

    Hello Bree,

    You are quite correct. I did have this document password protected and I did this shortly before the problem commenced. As you might expect I removed the password protection in case this was the root of the problem but this has had no effect.

    However, I am very interested in what you say and I wonder if you could expand when you mention 'a setting within the Word document itself'. If this is the root cause, which I am very inclined to think it is, is there a way around this of which you have knowledge?
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  7. Bree's Avatar
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    This is the sort of thing I was talking about....
    Microsoft Office Support said:
    Make a document read only
    Applies To: Word 2016 Word 2013 Word 2010 Word 2007,_2013,_2010
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  8. Posts : 89
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    Thread Starter

    How to edit a read only document

    Hello all, especially robgr.

    Success at last.

    I have just tried your suggested method robgr and low and behold it worked. I am very grateful for all your responses. I am ashamed to tell how many hours I have spent trying to solve this particular problem when the solution sent by robgr was so easy to do.

    I am pretty sure the problem stemmed from putting a password onto the file but the reason may be one of those 'unknown unknowns'

    Thank you all for your help.
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