Document Open in Word Viewer, Word Has Read-Only Access

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If you open a document in Microsoft Word Viewer 97-2000 and then open that same document in Microsoft Word (while it is still open in Word Viewer), Microsoft Word opens the document as read-only.

Microsoft Word should open the document as read-write because Word Viewer cannot make changes to the document.


Close the document in Word Viewer. You can now open the document as read- write in Microsoft Word.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section of this article.


Microsoft Word opens a document as read-only if the document is already open somewhere else. The first program to open the document gets read-write privileges.

Note You can use the Microsoft Word 97-2000 Viewer to view documents that were created in Microsoft Word 97, in Microsoft Word 2000, in Microsoft Word 2002, and in Microsoft Office Word 2003.


For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
889347 Description of the Microsoft Office Word Viewer 2003


Article ID: 166063 - Last Review: February 23, 2014 - Revision: 3.1
  • Microsoft Office Word Viewer 2003
  • Microsoft Word 97 Viewer
  • Microsoft Office Word 2003
  • Microsoft Word 2002 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Word 2000 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition
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