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Posted on 2013-06-05
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One of our users needs to open and modify multiple word documents (each document is based on a template) at the same time. When the user multi-selects the documents and opens them an error comes up that the file is in use

Template.dotx is locked for editing by ''.

It works fine when opening the documents individually. Is there a way around the problem if the user wishes to open multiple documents at the same time?
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Question by:Bladey001
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Hello Bladey001,

I would suggest a simple trick which may work in your case.

Try to locate with Windows Explorer the Template.dotx in the hard drive, right-click for its proprieties and check the box Read-Only.

Test it out.
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This is just a hunch, but it seemed to work when I tested it on my machine.

Try to mark the template file as read-only.
1) Right-click on the file (in Windows explorer)
2) Choose Properties
3) Check the Read-Only box.
4) Close the properties box
5) Test it out.

The reason I think this will work is that a template file is opened as read/write once you open on of the files created from that template. My guess is that this is done so that if you modify one of the template features (style, header, footer, etc) then you can save the changes back to the template at the same time.

When you want to modify the template, which is probably fairly rare, just mark the template writable for the short period of time that it is actually begin modified.

Good luck.
TonyP
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