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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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.
Click "Properties" on the pop-up list if using a PC. Click "Get Info" on a Mac.
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.
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.
Disable "Read-Only" Status
Open the document.
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.
Select "Save As".
Enter a new name for your file in the "Save As" field at the top of the pop-up menu. Click the "Save" button.
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.
Create a Copy
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