Why is file read-only?


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Steve

Typically, saving a new doc is no problem. But occasionally, Word
will refuse to save changes, informing me that the doc is read-only. I
save docs the same way all the time (CTRL-S, or exit, then click Yes
to save), no idea why some of them suddenly become read-only. ???
 
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Suzanne S. Barnhill

Has the doc in question been copied back from a CD? Such files are always
read-only by default, and you need to remove the flag before opening.

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Steve

Has the doc in question been copied back from a CD? Such files are always
read-only by default, and you need to remove the flag before opening.

Nope, these are docs created directly in Word, using .txt files added
thru Insert > File. I insert the files, then save the doc. Then,
after making a few changes, I save the doc again. It doesn't happen
all the time, but maybe once a week or so I'll get a message that I
can't save the doc after the changes, because the file is read-only.



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Stan Brown

Nope, these are docs created directly in Word, using .txt files added
thru Insert > File. I insert the files, then save the doc. Then,
after making a few changes, I save the doc again. It doesn't happen
all the time, but maybe once a week or so I'll get a message that I
can't save the doc after the changes, because the file is read-only.

I get that in Excel occasionally -- I always just chalked it up to
Office quirks.

Assuming the doc isn't actually read only (as others suggested), save
under a different name, exit the program (all windows), and then copy
over the document you're trying to change -- that usually does it.
Worst case, I've logged off and logged on again, then reopened the
program.
 
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Steve

Stan Brown said:
I get that in Excel occasionally -- I always just chalked it up to
Office quirks.
Assuming the doc isn't actually read only (as others suggested), save
under a different name, exit the program (all windows), and then copy
over the document you're trying to change -- that usually does it.

Thanks Stan, that's what I do (actually, I save it under a different
name, then delete the original and rename the new file). But this
happens pretty regularly, and it sure would be nice to figure out
why...



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Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity
opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment.

Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.

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