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Can I convert 'read only' files?

by angles456 / October 13, 2004 8:49 AM PDT

My son has had a lot of illness lately. His school have been kind enough to email all his assignments to us so he's not missing opportunities to maintain his scholastic standards.
Only problem is they are sent as 'read only' in Word format and I can't save them. This means that every time he needs to access this information, he has to open our email program.
Is there any way we can convert these files so he can view them without having to go through our email program?

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Re: Can I convert 'read only' files?
by glb613 / October 13, 2004 9:08 AM PDT
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Re: why they may be 'read only' files
by ChuckT / October 13, 2004 9:33 AM PDT

You can't save them probably because you are opening the Word doc while it is still in your email program (so many people do that). Then, when you go to save the Word file, it is attempting to put your changes out on the server. And you probably can't do that.

Instead, when you are looking at the sent email, and NOT having the Word doc open, see if there is some sort of "Save Attachments" command.

If there is, then save the docs to some location on YOUR computer, on YOUR hard drive, like in "My Documents" or wherever you like and handy.

If the files are placed on your hard drive then make sure that the properties of the saved document are not "Read Only"

You get that in place, then you should be able to open the doc, edit, and close, or save, as you like. It might be better, if you don't want to hurt the original docs, to save the edited doc under a new name also.

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Re: why they may be 'read only' files
by Papa Echo / October 13, 2004 12:50 PM PDT

As ChuckT indicated, you can save the received Word document as an attachment whereby you need not save it again. If that is not possible, then try copy and paste to a new Word document and save that instead. Cut and Paste : with the received Word document opened, go to Edit>select all. The selection will be highlighted. Press Ctrl+c. Now open a blank Word document and press Ctrl+v. Now save the Word document as usual.

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Re: Can I convert 'read only' files?
by jdorisco / October 13, 2004 11:58 AM PDT

A company named Birdcage Software makes a (free) downloadable program called "Arcset", which changes read-only files. I have it, but have not used it so I can't give you a performance review.

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