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#1 Stan the Man

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Posted 07 February 2010 - 05:54 PM

I have a 60-day trial version of Microsoft Office. Somehow I managed to lock all my Word documents and cannot modify them. On the "Review" tab (on what's known as the Ribbon), the "Protect Document" tab is not active. I had been able to create and change documents, even though I by-passed entering a product key (which I don't have) which limits the programs functionality. I just bought a new Dell system with Windows 7. The 60-day Home & Student program came as a bonus. How do I get the lock undone? With the limited functionality, I am at a loss as to how I locked the files in the first place.

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#2 Casey_boy

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 06:04 AM

I believe you would need to purchase a product key to activate MS Office again. This could be through the program (if you want the Home & Student version) or any other version through a store (online or retail).

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EDIT: You've kinda posted this in the wrong forum really - I would presume you should have posted here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/16/business-applications/

Edited by Casey_boy, 10 February 2010 - 06:06 AM.

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 08:17 PM

The topic was in fact moved from Windows 7 to the forum noted in the reply, just for clarification.

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#4 Stan the Man

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 09:10 PM

Since my original post I have learned a few things.
1. After restoring my system through an image back-up, I no longer am bothered by locked files. However...
2. I should have applied for a trial key right off the bat, because you can only by-pass using a key 12 times and then your files get locked.
3. When I try to get a trial key now , I get a message that says: "No keys are available. Try Later."
4. I'm now waiting for a response from Microsoft as to how I get to take advantage of the remaining trial period.

Edited by Stan the Man, 10 February 2010 - 09:13 PM.


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Posted 10 February 2010 - 09:18 PM

You could download Open Office.org and access your files that way. The OO.o suite is compatible with MS Office. They will open each others documents.

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 10:07 PM

To: RknRusty

I planned to do exactly that as soon as the 60-day free trial of MS Office was over.
As I still haven't heard anything from Microsoft, my plans may go into effect sooner
than I anticipated!




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