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jason.re.campbell
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2007 2:11 pm    Post subject: Word 2007 randomly makes a doc I'm working on "read-only"
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Periodically, it seems Word 2007, in the middle of a writing session,
decides that the file I've been working on and saving should be "read-
only." I then have to save the file under a different name. It does
this both on .doc and .docx file formats, new files as well as older
ones created with previous versions of Office.

I've also noticed that when this happens, the "digital signature"
option in the Prepare menu grays out. It is not grayed out before the
doc goes mysteriously read-only. I've tried removing hidden
attributes as well, no joy. Any ideas how I can keep this from
happening, or what I'm inadvertently doing to cause it?
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Bob Buckland ?:-)
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2007 12:36 am    Post subject: Re: Word 2007 randomly makes a doc I'm working on "read-only" [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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Hi Jason,

Are you saving the documents to the hard drive on your local PC, or to a memory stick, CD/DVD or to a network/mapped drive?

What version of Windows are you using?

Are you using the Office Button=>Prepare feature(s) specifically or is it that you just noticed the digital signature choice being
unavailable while investigating the situation?

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>> wrote in message
Periodically, it seems Word 2007, in the middle of a writing session,
decides that the file I've been working on and saving should be "read-
only." I then have to save the file under a different name. It does
this both on .doc and .docx file formats, new files as well as older
ones created with previous versions of Office.

I've also noticed that when this happens, the "digital signature"
option in the Prepare menu grays out. It is not grayed out before the
doc goes mysteriously read-only. I've tried removing hidden
attributes as well, no joy. Any ideas how I can keep this from
happening, or what I'm inadvertently doing to cause it?>>
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Bob Buckland ?Smile
MS Office System Products MVP

*Courtesy is not expensive and can pay big dividends*
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jason.re.campbell
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 10:58 pm    Post subject: Re: Word 2007 randomly makes a doc I'm working on "read-only" [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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Bob, thanks for the reply. In answer to your questions, all docs are
being saved to the local hard drive. Windows XP SP2+. The prepare
feature was something I noticed, not a feature I was trying to use...

Thanks!



-J

On Mar 26, 9:36 pm, "Bob Buckland ?:-\)" <75214.226(At Beautiful
Downtown)compuserve.com> wrote:
> Hi Jason,
>
> Are you saving the documents to the hard drive on your local PC, or to a memory stick, CD/DVD or to a network/mapped drive?
>
> What version of Windows are you using?
>
> Are you using the Office Button=>Prepare feature(s) specifically or is it that you just noticed the digital signature choice being
> unavailable while investigating the situation?
>
> ============= >> wrote in messagenews:1174929062.437147.131440@p77g2000hsh.googlegroups.com...
>
> Periodically, it seems Word 2007, in the middle of a writing session,
> decides that the file I've been working on and saving should be "read-
> only." I then have to save the file under a different name. It does
> this both on .doc and .docx file formats, new files as well as older
> ones created with previous versions of Office.
>
> I've also noticed that when this happens, the "digital signature"
> option in the Prepare menu grays out. It is not grayed out before the
> doc goes mysteriously read-only. I've tried removing hidden
> attributes as well, no joy. Any ideas how I can keep this from
> happening, or what I'm inadvertently doing to cause it?>>
> --
>
> Bob Buckland ?Smile
> MS Office System Products MVP
>
> *Courtesy is not expensive and can pay big dividends*
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goldenqn



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2007 6:14 am    Post subject: Re: Word 2007 randomly makes a doc I'm working on [Login to view extended thread Info.]

I also had this problem. It was pretty annoying and I couldn't find help anywhere on the internet. But I believe this problem is caused by the anti-virus software scanning the document when you are using it. I have Norton 2007 and turned off the setting for it to scan office products. Haven't seen the 'read-only' problem since. hope this helps.
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ervit



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 8:14 pm    Post subject: any fix? [Login to view extended thread Info.]

Hi all.

I started having the same problem today - after a few saves by Ctrl+S shortcut, Word tells me the document is read only. Yet, there is no read only flag in file properties in Explorer.

Windows Vista; Word 2007, logged in a Administrator, saving to hard drive, didn't install any new software recently. Antivirus - Kaspersky 7.

Turning off document virus scanning is not really an option.

So is there a fix for that - I can't find it anywhere although a lot of people seem to have this proble.

Thanks
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azmanam



Joined: Jan 24, 2008
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2008 2:24 pm    Post subject: Me, too [Login to view extended thread Info.]

I'm having this problem, too.

Vista, Office 2007. Saving to hard disk.

Disabling anti-virus also not really a practical solution.

Is there any word on a cause/fix yet?

-AA
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LutinLu



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2008 12:33 am    Post subject: Re: Me, too [Login to view extended thread Info.]

I had this problem too.
I just found that the error does not occur (for some hours now) when I save my documents in the "my documents" folder. It's the folder mentioned in the settings of Word 2007. Working on documents located in another folder gave me the error again. Read something about giving extra rights to other folders but I can't find the "security" tab to change it. So for now I hope it will continue to work correctly when I work in the "my documents" folder Smile
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ervit



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2008 8:20 am    Post subject: disable autosave [Login to view extended thread Info.]

I read somewhere that disabling autosave helps. It seems to have helped me, although this may have been a coincidence.

Regarding My documents and access rights, I was working in a folder that was inside My Documents (well, a folder which I designated as My Documents in Windows), I also gave myself full rights in Security tab, but to no avail.

Try disabling autosave. For me this was not a problem because over the years, I have learned to press Ctrl+S automatically, without thinking, so I have my own "autosave" function Smile

Good luck!
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LutinLu



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 11:29 pm    Post subject: Re: disable autosave [Login to view extended thread Info.]

ervit wrote:
I read somewhere that disabling autosave helps. It seems to have helped me, although this may have been a coincidence.

Regarding My documents and access rights, I was working in a folder that was inside My Documents (well, a folder which I designated as My Documents in Windows), I also gave myself full rights in Security tab, but to no avail.

Try disabling autosave. For me this was not a problem because over the years, I have learned to press Ctrl+S automatically, without thinking, so I have my own "autosave" function Smile

Good luck!


The error appeared again after some days (putting the documents in the "my documents" folder).

So I tried to disable "auto save" like user ervit said, it worked fine for some days but now the error occured again. Any other ideas to solve this?

Thanks.
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k99



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2008 8:12 am    Post subject: I too am having the read only UFO appear periodically [Login to view extended thread Info.]

Hello,
I'm new to this forum. I've been googling this problem most of the night looking for a fix, but no luck. Your forum has been an exact match to the problem i am having.
I am also recently having some word 2007 documents, show as read only when I try to save them. I've even made a change, saved it ok, then a few minutes later I save it again after some changes and it will pop up as error can't save because its read only.
I thought if we list specifics about the files we are saving maybe we can find a common denominator.
It does not happen all the time. It happens on my desktop running windows xp. The only documents I've had problems with are all docx I created by: I scanned some articles and used my OCR option on my lexmark. Instead of saving them as an RTF [type file my lexmark scanner creates when using OCR into word]. I usually copy and past the things in the RTF file into a new word document.
All problems have been with the docx that originated as RTF formats from the OCR conversion, then I copied some of the info from the RTF file and pasted into new word 2007 file, saving it under a new name.
I've also tried using the document map and Styles formatting. I created a new style [multi-level number / alpha list using headings 1 through DM headings 6 ].
This was the first time I ever tried using styles
This was the first time i ever tried using the OCR conversion from my scanned documents.
I will have to save the document with a new file name (usally add a 1 to end). then once the file is closed, I will try to delete the first file that said read only.
But, a lot of times, I can't delete it [ even though the file is closed ]. I'll get a message that says its in use. Though its not open. I've even gone into Windows Task Manager confirming its not open. I will have to reboot before it will let me delete either of the files (maybe has to clear some temp file or something that preventing me from deleting it????)
This has happened to me in maybe 4 different files. All have the same characteristics as described above.
Turning off Autosave didn't help me.

I hope one of you smart folks can maybe make sense of this.
Thanks
Keith
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tbizzy



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2009 3:28 am    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

I wanted to chime in that I am having the same problem.

Setup:
Windows XP SP3, Office 2007

I have this problem with Word and Excel files. The file is opened, I am working the file, and it gets switched to read-only. Files are located in My Documents, they are not in zip or archived directories.

I am running Google Desktop, WinRAR, and Symantec Endpoint Antivirus. Disabling or closing these applications does not fix the issue, as some other posts seem to indicate.

If you are experiencing the same problem, please post here as well. Enough squeaky wheels might get noticed by Microsoft!
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Mike235



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2009 3:13 pm    Post subject: Word 2007 randomly makes a doc I'm working on "read-only" [Login to view extended thread Info.]

I tried the solution with supressing autosave, in Word, Options, Save window, and it worked once, but never after.
I found a new solution, which has ben stable: in the file properties, Security tab, I added the current user to the permission list and checked up all the rights. That's it.
As a remark, the Administrators group was already in the permissions list, with all rights checked up, and the current user was administrator, however, I have to add it separately.
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bugmenot



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2009 3:32 pm    Post subject: Fix [Login to view extended thread Info.]

Try this: Click on the Office button, then Word Options, Advanced, then go to the "Save" section and disable "Allow background saves". Note that this is NOT the autosave option. This has solved the problem for me.
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Rusty1949



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2009 11:42 am    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

I had the same problem and I finally figured it out !

In Windows Explorer I had the preview pane turned on. When I opened the document it appears that Windows explorer interprets the document as being already open because it is viewable in the preview pane, and therefore it opens the document as "read only".

The solution: turn of the preview pane in Windows Explorer. Open Windows Explorer to the folder where the document is located. Then turn of preview pane by clicking Organize / Layout / Preview Pane.

Worked for me !!
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mrchiguy



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2009 5:00 pm    Post subject: Disabling background saves fixed the problem [Login to view extended thread Info.]

I was having exactly the same problem as everyone else has been reporting. I could be editing a Word document and saving it periodically as I went along. The document is on my C: drive but is not in the "My Documents" folder. Suddenly, after a save, the document would become read-only. This seemed to happen more often when I used Ctrl-S to save rather than clicking the diskette icon, but regardless, here it the fix that worked for me:

I followed this procedure to fix it:
1. Click the Office button
2. Click the "Word Options" button
3. Select "Advanced" from the left navigation bar
4. Scroll down to the "Save" section
5. Un-check "Allow background saves"
6. Click the "OK" button

You should have no more mysterious read-only documents.
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lulu19



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 3:51 pm    Post subject: still having this problem [Login to view extended thread Info.]

Hi everyone,

I've been having this problem as long as I've had Office 2007. I am running Windows Vista. I unchecked the "Allow Background Saves" button last night, and first thing this morning my document is going read-only after a save again. It was after a manual Ctrl-S save- is this when it is happening for other people? Does actually clicking the disk button help?

I have found so many message boards with people having the same issues and this is the only place that people seem to believe this is a computer and not user problem. Is it possible that we are all doing the same thing wrong? I do tend to have a lot of word docs open at once- somewhere between 3 and 12, and word sometimes crashes on me. The document I'm having trouble with this morning was recovered from an auto-save after a crash a few days ago. That may have been the trigger although I can't say for sure.

Out of curiosity, are there any Windows 7.0 users having this same problem? It seems to be isolated to people using XP or Vista. Is it isolated to Office 2007 programs or are any people having trouble with 2003?
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mrchiguy



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 11:13 pm    Post subject: Word 2007 makes a doc read-only when other document is open [Login to view extended thread Info.]

After I fixed my first problem, where documents were being made read-only upon saving them, by unchecking the "Allow background saves" option, I now am seeing a problem where I have one document open for editing and I try to open a second document. The second document is opened as "read-only" even though there is no reason why it should be. I can close the read-only document and open it again, and it will still be read-only. The only solution I have found is to close all open documents and then the second document that was opened as read-only before is now "magically" opened for editing. I have not found a solution for this.
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equipoised



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 5:15 am    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

I have had Office 2007 for a while on my XP, and now I have a new laptop with windows 7 on it and I only started having this problem on my windows 7. It is mostly old documents that I hadn't made with my my lap top that didn't work, so I just copied and pasted them into a new document and it worked fine. However, today I opened a document that I've used frequently on my lap top and it was read only, so I've decided to look for a solution. It seems like all windows OPs are having this problem, so that's probably irrelevant. I always save all by documents as .rtf if that's any help to anyone....
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xinji



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 11:06 pm    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

Switched to Windows 7 in recent months only, also use Office 2007, and this problem had not occurred in the beginning.

Tried a couple of the tips in this thread, and disabling Antivirus works.

Makes sense cuz i've only recently downloaded antivirus software. Been using the free Panda antivirus.
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pettygrew



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 4:25 pm    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

I have seen this problem too. The read-only will toggle. You can close the document/reopen, and it will be normal. Close/reopen the same document and it will be read-only.

If the document suddenly changes to Read-Only, could it be the caching?
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