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I would like to have open office open in read only mode anytime the program opens a word document.

I  have a thin client (running XP Embeded) used as a kiosk. That is required to open word documents that uses browse to using an intranet.   But every time it opens the word document it allows the user to type in the file then upon exit it asks the user if they want to save the file.  The can not save the file we have it locked down on the network,  but we would like to take away any option for them to type with in any document.   Is it possible to force Open office to open in read only mode any time anything is opened? Is there a registry settign i can not find that will alow this?  Or is can this be done thru word and the registry?(PS. changing all the word files to PDF is not an option here)
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cjrmail2kCommented:
I dont think so but the workaround could be to download PrimoPDF and just print everything to PDF, then let the users browse to PDF. Keep the .doc's in an inaccesible place and replace PDF's when the .doc is updated....not perfect but effective
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pdi656Author Commented:
We entertained converting everything to a pdf, but it's a little too much maintenance for us and restricts other users that we have where we would allow editing capabilities. We really want to run all of this through Office (or OpenOffice) and control read only per user/computer.
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pdi656Author Commented:
We found a solution in Open Office where you can send a switch (-view) when opening the file. We did it within the file association. As an example, .DOC was pointed to open with Open Office Writer. We added the -view switch which forced it to open read only .
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