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Microsoft Word Locked

by wahb64 / January 15, 2009 12:02 PM PST

I have a Toshiba L300-EZ1502, Microsoft XP professional

I am unable to type anything in any word document. Even if I open a new document it gives me the message at the bottom that the "selection is locked". This happened after I closed a document and then re-opened it a few minutes later. How do I unlock the entire application? I looked around for a while on the application and almost all of the buttons are inoperable.

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Re: Word locked
by Kees Bakker / January 15, 2009 4:30 PM PST
In reply to: Microsoft Word Locked

Seems like it's read-only for some reason. Does it say "read-only" in the title bar? If you use File>Open and type in the filename, can you choose both "Open" and "Open (read only)". Do they work differently? mentions the possibility of an expired trial copy. That seems unlikely for Office XP now.

Other things you can try:
- delete your default template (it's surely there, although some people have some trouble to find it)
- uninstall and reinstall Office from the CD


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I had this happen on Word 97.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 15, 2009 10:40 PM PST
In reply to: Microsoft Word Locked

I don't see what version of Office or Word but Word 97 while not supportted on XP still ran. The work around was to remove the read only flag on the file and run Word. Do not double click on the .DOC file but from Word use Word's File, Open command and open the document.

Hope this helps,

PS. There are other workarounds but this is the simplest.

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Word 97
by wahb64 / January 16, 2009 6:20 AM PST

My software was Office Home and Student 2007. Does this make a difference?

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 16, 2009 10:54 AM PST
In reply to: Word 97

But what it does do is invalidate my reply. Ignore mine.

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