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Help! MS Word 200 & "read only" files


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#1 pschaefphd

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Posted 11 January 2005 - 12:04 PM

Hi All,

My computer is running windows 98 and ms word 2000. Something has happened so that all the documents are in the "read only" mode and I can't undo this. Any advice to make it return to the normal mode?? Thanks.

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Posted 11 January 2005 - 01:07 PM

Are the documents stored locally on your computer or on another computer that you access via the network?

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Posted 11 January 2005 - 01:40 PM

no network involved--just the one bleeping computer.

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Posted 11 January 2005 - 06:53 PM

Do you have any flash cards, usb drives, or other storage thats not ide? Also take out any cdroms or dvds and see if that makes a difference

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Posted 13 January 2005 - 06:40 AM

:thumbsup: got my brother-in-law to look at it. he went into "my documents" and showed me that they all had (for no reason i can understand) a box checked that made them "read only". apparently the program did this when the computer went down in mid-wordprocessing moment. he selected all and removed the check from the box, and all is back to normal. thanks.

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Posted 13 January 2005 - 07:26 PM

Hope this is somewhat on topic. Similar happened to me after a System Restore. I had burned all of my documents, jpg's, and mp3's as backups and reloaded them without incident, except all had changed to "Read Only". First discovered problem when I wasn't "allowed" to change some music tags. Finally figured it out and fixed it, but curious why this happened in the first place. :thumbsup:
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Posted 13 January 2005 - 09:24 PM

Hi twinsdad

When you burn something to a CD it becomes read only because thats exactly what it is. You can't open a file that your reading from a CD and expect to make any changes to it because you would have to re-burn that file in the place it is in to record the changes. Thats what read only means. No changes. If you copy the file back to your hard drive you can remove the read only attribute, but it doesn't happen automatically.

Hope that makes sense.

Edited by Leurgy, 13 January 2005 - 09:32 PM.

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