How to Turn Off Read-Only Mode in OpenOffice

Written by david clair
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OpenOffice is a free office software suite that allows you to open and edit documents created in other programs. If a document opens in a read-only mode, the software does not allow you to make any changes or add any content. Turning off read-only mode allows you to modify the document as desired and then save the changes.

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  1. 1

    Click the "Tools" link on the menu bar. Select "Options."

  2. 2

    Click "" Select "Security."

  3. 3

    Uncheck the box next to "Read-Only Mode." Click "OK."

  4. 4

    Load the document into OpenOffice again.

  5. 5

    Navigate to the table of contents section of the document, if present.

  6. 6

    Right-click the table of contents. Click "Edit Index/Table."

  7. 7

    Uncheck the box next to "Protected against manual changes." Click "OK."

  8. 8

    Exit and Restart OpenOffice. Load the document. It appears in normal mode.

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