How to edit & save a read-only word document

Written by chris anzalone
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Microsoft Word allows you to modify word processing documents as needed, but if you ever try to update a Word file and encounter a dialogue box informing you that the file is "Read-Only", you won't be able to save your changes. The read-only specification protects important files from alteration. You have two basic options when you want to edit and save these documents.

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Instructions

    Disable "Read-Only" Status

  1. 1

    Right-click on your Word file if using a PC. If using a Mac, hold the "CTRL" key and click on the file. A pop-up menu will appear.

  2. 2

    Click "Properties" on the pop-up list if using a PC. Click "Get Info" on a Mac.

  3. 3

    Disable the "Read-Only" setting on your PC by selecting the "General" tab and unchecking the box next to "Read-Only. On a Mac, click the "Ownership and Permissions" tab and select the "You Can" menu. Select "Read and Write" from the list.

  4. 4

    Open your Word file and edit the content. To save, click "File" on the menu bar, or click the round "Office" button in the upper-left corner of your screen if using the Windows version of Microsoft Office 2007 or later. Select "Save" from the drop-down menu.

    Create a Copy

  1. 1

    Open the document.

  2. 2

    Click "File" on your menu bar, or the round "Office" button in the upper-left corner of your screen if no "File" menu is visible.

  3. 3

    Select "Save As".

  4. 4

    Enter a new name for your file in the "Save As" field at the top of the pop-up menu. Click the "Save" button.

  5. 5

    Edit the file. To save, click "File" or the round "Office" button in the upper-left corner of your screen and select "Save" from the drop-down menu.

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