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Word 2013 open files as read only

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Last Modified: 2015-04-17
This problem happens intermittently.
Microsoft word 2013 open word 2003 files as read only

The pc runs Windows 7 pro and MS Office 2013 home & business edition. The company file server has a ton of office documents saved in various office versions. A mass conversion of all the files to the latest format would be quite a project and not really an option.

The permutation that is problematic and repeatable is when a user opens a MS word file saved in word 97-2003 format, the file opens in read only mode or it will prompt and say "<filename> was last opened as read-only. Do you want to open as read-only again?"

Seeking next steps so that all Word files simply open when accessed, so they can be used or closed without being in read only or being asked about read-only.
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