In Word you save a file as .doc and it gets a read-only attribute in the properties in Windows Explorer?
Or something else?
What version of Word?
No problems in Excel?
What could cause my Word files to suddenly become read-only?
What could cause my Word files to suddenly become read-only?
I'm using Office 97 in Vista. I know, many really weird quirks, but at least it's been functioning normally for what I'm using it right now.
I've had files for weeks, months, and sometimes years that I occassionally add to and resave with the same name. Normally no problem at all. Sometimes I open one and it's read-only; how did that happen?
The read only issue popped up on Windows XP running Word 97. What some discovered was Word was opening the file twice and the second time you get the read only notification. For Windows XP the fix was easy. Don't open documents from Explorer but from Word.
Remember that no permanent fix was every offered to this and the other anomalies. But why should this be an issue since almost everything you can do in Word 97 can be done in Open Office and you can keep your files in Word 97 format.
I am using Word 2003 with XP Home operating system. Over the past week Word has decided to make files that I am currently working on "read only" and I have to create a new file. The original document is not a read only file when opened, it happens a few minutes into revising the document. Any ideas why this is happening and how to stop it?
I recently upgraded to Windows 7 with Office 2007 Professional. I hoped the problem would stop, but it still continues.
My files are not on a network, they are on my laptop under My Documents. None of them are marked as "Read Only", and I can open them and make updates and save them.
However, often after saving them a few times, the file will suddenly become read only. At that point the only thing I can do it save it with another name, or undo the changes, trying to remember what they were, reopen the file, and redo the changes.
This is silly that Microsoft has left this bug in for so long. It's not hard to recreate. I get it several times a week. If it has something to do with automatic updates, then that should give them a clue as to where to start looking to solve the problem.
For what I paid for this software, I really thought these issues would have been addressed.
It's very difficult to recreate, because it happens with practically nobody. With you, and with asr693 below, and maybe a few others who don't post here, but it doesn't happen with the overwhelming majority of Word users.
So something must be different with you. Now the big question: what is that?
When this happens, Save As... with the same name in a different directory - I usually just go one level up - then exit Word and move the file back into the original directory, overwriting the original file.
This is also a good technique to use on Word or PowerPoint files containing pictures, as it often reduces the file size considerably.
I am trying opening the file from within Word rather than from Windows Explorer. So far, so good.
I experienced the problem when I was working with a document into which I was pasting screenshots from a course I was taking. When I hit Ctrl-V, although the picture appeared immediately, it took Word a few seconds to update the file - I could see the little 'write' icon moving at the bottom of my screen. As long as I waited for that to finish before hitting the Save button, the problem did not happen. I also made sure that Word was not auto-saving the file at the same time as I was saving it.
What I do, when this annoying thing happens to me on Microsoft XP, is I simply copy the document using edit / select all / copy, then paste it on to a new document, close the one that's gone 'read only' (which is nerve racking but has to be done) then save the new document in the old name.
I found out years ago to not leave my sole copy on read/write dvd or even to attempt to edit files on such media.
While the software that makes this happen does it best to "wear level" and more, one glitch and the contents do very odd things or just vanish. This is why I would edit my content on the normal HDD then copy it to my DVDRW at the end of the day for safety.
"We only lose what we didn't backup." (CNET Moderators)
This happens all the time to me and it's incredibly frustrating.
I am constantly having to resave a file with a different name.
When you're writing a book it's incredibly annoying having to resave every time you add a few paragraphs or chapters.
I'm using Windows XP and MS Word 2003
The suggested online fix is to uncheck the "Read Only" box in properties but many times it's not checked and it also involves going out of the document to do that which means you either have to save as a new version or lose your changes
Interesting, I still use Office 2003 and when I was using XP I had no trouble (only very rarely with an open Excel file that I was constantly saving); only when I upgraded to Win 7 did the sky start falling on my Word file "saves" (Excel files seem OK now!!!) ...
Wouldn't it be nice if Microsoft would at least acknowledge that there is a problem ...
It is completely frustrating. It is not an eval version of Word, it is not a networked file (it is my own file on my laptop), it is opened using Word, it has nothing to do with a CD/DVD (it was created using Word on my laptop) and none of the other possible reasons people have posted about on here. I am running Windows 7 and Word 2010 but have had this problem with earlier operating systems and software versions. After the document has been edited and saved a few times Word simply decides to make the document read-only. I don't WANT to have to re-name it, save it somewhere else, then move it later. Why should I have to do this? There must be some way to fix this problem.
This started happening to me today. Some facts:
1. There is no CD. I created two files from scratch within Word (Office 2007 SP2, fully licensed). I saved them under the names I wanted. I occasionally used the "Save" icon to save my changes. At different times, both files suddenly refused to save and gave the (Read only) tag in the title bar.
2. The properties box still shows "Read only" as UNCHECKED. The properties are not editable.
3. It has now happened twice for one of the files; I'm on the third different file name.
I had never seen this problem before in years of use.
Same Problem -For "Save as" I created a new file name.-
Instead of xyz1, I did a "save as" xyz2.
very annoying, as been using Word 2003 (bought just days before 2007 came out, by necessity) on Vista. Never happened before. Using Word for many years, and suddenly. Other people telling me same thing is happening to them with mysterious Word maladies. Perhaps Microsoft does this "accidentally, on purpose" to try to "motivate" people to give them more money for new versions.
I have run into the same problem with swapping documents back and forth on our home network with mine and my wife's computer. I would write, she would copy off my drive onto hers, edit it and give it back. Then mine (or her's, depended on settings) would become open read only.
Problem was with auto-save. The auto-save location stays with the document, so if you move the document to another computer, it can't find the old auto-save location and locks out any attempt to save the document again.
Solution: Uncheck the Auto-save feature in Word options.
Another similar problem is with templates that you are supposed to use for conference or journal papers. Sometimes the template location gets set to a local folder so when you copy the document and try to open it elswhere, word can't find the template and will only let you open with read only.
Solution: Copy template with document into same folder and make sure that your document is pointing to the local template.
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