SharePoint Office 2003 Documents opens as read-only

Posted on 2010-01-07
Last Modified: 2012-05-08

When I open a document using Office 2007 from a SharePoint list, a dialog box appears at which I can open the Office document as "Edit" or as "read-only".

However, when I open the document using Office 2003, this dialog box does not appear. Instead, the document is automatically opened as read only.

Therefore my questions:

1. Is it possible, when using Office 2003, to open document in Edit mode instead of read-only?
2. Is it possible to display the same dialog box (edit, read only") in Office 2003?
3. Other ideas, comments?
Question by:readyyyy
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    Accepted Solution

    When using Office 2003 you should open the document a little differently.  Open the document library and hover over the document.  You should see a drop down menu.  From the menu you can choose "Edit in Microsoft Word (Excel etc)".  That will open your document in edit mode.  As far as I know the older technology will not display the edit button.  I hope this helps.

    (If you do not see the drop down menu when you hover, click the link to open your library.  It will not be visible from a webpart on your page.)
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    Expert Comment

    I concur with bank_on_it
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    Expert Comment

    you can always open it in explorer view as well.  Like he said that one read only \edit is a feature of office 2007, not so in office 2003

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    That's it!

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