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RE: Changing file attaribute when exporting to word.

A follow-up for this please, why is WORD locking the exported document that it created and doesn't close it. From the previous question I already added
   wordobj.fileclose after it is saved. Why is it locking?
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Interesting.  I would set Word to visible, and see if it actually closes it.  (You may want to test with the fileclose commented out, so you see it staying open, then uncomment it, and see if it closes.)
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When I try to actually save it again, it gives "Microsoft Word: Word cannot save this file because it is already open elsewhere."
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I tried your suggestion. Now, I also tried to clean the folder and shut down my PC. Opened all application and created new data. This time word lets me save it, then I did the second time and saves it again but I noticed that when I open my word application to view the file it starts with Document2 and when I open the document I exported, word prompts "Do you want to revert the saved document ABC-123."  
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Does anybody else have an idea why the word doc created is locking (Word is locking it!).
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Did you try my suggestion to see if it is actually closing the document?
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I haven't read your previous post, since this is a new question.

Word keeps a lock on the document until you kill all instances of it:

Set wordobj = Nothing

Should do the trick.

You could also open another file; the previous file will then be unlocked, if I remember correctly.

Hope this helps
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I read your previous question. THere are two ways to do this.

1. Control the file attribute from the OS - in this case, if the user goes to explorer and modifies the file atribute, he will be able to save the document. SO this is not a fool-proof mechanism. However, that problem can also be worked out.

2. Control the file attribute from MS Word - In this case, your answer lies in the 6th parameter, WritePassword. While saving, you can assign a password to the file. Now you file is LOCKED. Untill the user knows the password, he/she can't edit the file. Not even by modifying attribute from the OS, because your document is locked by Word. Only a person who knows the password can edit the file in that case.

wordobj.filesaveas "c:\Work\SMP\" & CNno & ".doc"  , , , , , "PasswordToEditFile",True, , , , , True


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