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Posted on 2014-10-25
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Bought a new computer running Windows 7. Came with new edition of Microsoft Office.

Sometimes (apparently at random, far as I can tell) a saved document reopens afflicted with a "read-only" disease. I am instructed to save with a different name if I wish to edit it. This is a real nuisance.

Question: How do I stop this behavior?

I don't know the version of my Word. Used to have "about" in the menu bar on my old XP machine. New one doesn't have that easy access to "What am I?". Probably there somewhere.
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Question by:NormaPosy
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by:NormaPosy
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I should have said "possibly" instead of "probably".
- - Norma
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by:Haris Djulic
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To check for the version you go to File - Help and on the right hand side you will see more details about your version...

Can you post it here to get more clues?
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Rizzle earned 125 total points
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I believe this maybe due to a protected mode setting in the Trust Center of the office suite.

Below outline the steps to turn this off and resolve this issue.

http://www.askvg.com/how-to-disable-protected-view-in-microsoft-office-while-opening-email-attachments-or-downloaded-files/
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by:John Hurst
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If the document is coming from an internet source, the warning is (a) normal and (b) should have a button to enable editing. Enable editing and save it. I see this all the time.

If the document is coming from a network source, it may be read-only at source. Trust settings (normal ones) just give a warning and you can save over top with out changing name.

I am using Office 2013 but this was true in Office 2010 as well.
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by:NormaPosy
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No, these are documents I create myself, right here. They strange thing is that it only happens sometimes. For instance, I may be writing the next Great American Novel. I write, and save. Next day I open, write and save. Do this maybe two or three times. Then I open it, and bam! It is write protected. Have to save it with a different name and open that.

I will take a look at Roshan's link and see if that helps.
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by:NormaPosy
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I took a look at the link.
Holy Mother of boiled broccoli!

Microsoft must hire evil people. I do not know why.
I can see how this costs valuable time in a working environment.

I suppose not much more can be said about this. Either live with it, or resurrect my old XP machine, which works just fine.

I'll give the instructions in the link a shot, then close this question.
Meantime, please accept my deep gratitude for answering.
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by:John Hurst
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There is something wrong with your machine. If you create a document, it will not be read-only and you can overwrite it at will.

You may have malware invading your machine as malware can cause havoc with file properties.

I can sync ALL my documents (15 GB worth) from my Windows 8 / Office 2013 machine to my Windows 7 / Office 2010 machine and open / edit documents on either machine and save them at will.
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by:Eirman
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To check for the version you go to File - Help and on the right hand side you will see more details about your version...
If this doesn't work for you, you probably have Office 2013 which you can confirm with ...
FILE > Account
(If that doesn't work and you have a big round button in the top-left corner, you have Word 2007)

This article is worth reading with regards to your read-only problem.
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/office/forum/office_2013_release-word/word-2013-saves-documents-in-docx-but-doesnt-allow/5104fc68-e952-4ddc-8db0-bd61c9283cf7
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by:Rizzle
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No worries, come back to me with the result.

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by:Eirman
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I got some of these suggestions from ...
http://forums.cnet.com/7723-6129_102-310558-1/word-files-suddenly-become-read-only/?tag=contentMain;posts

1. Just To Be Sure

Only open word files from within Word (not windows explorer)

2. Only If They Exist

Get rid of any small remnant files in my documents ($****)

3. Well Worth Trying

Turn off the Auto-Save feature and remember to save regularly

4. Important

Be sure that Preview mode is not active in Windows Explorer.
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by:NormaPosy
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Thank you all.

Reading the links, this seems to be a problem for a lot of people.
It's not the only gripe I have with Windows 7. I've been patient with Windows 7, expecting a learning curve. But my patience is running out if steam.

Truly it has been said, "You have to be smarter than it is." That happy state is not guaranteed, and in fact may be only asymptotically approachable.

- - Norma
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