Office 2003 and 2007 Office documents open read-only in Internet Explorer

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Symptoms

When you open a Microsoft Office 2003 document or a 2007 Microsoft Office document in Microsoft Internet Explorer, the document opens with read-only permissions, and you cannot make changes to the document.

Cause

This behavior occurs in, but is not limited to, the following scenarios:
  • You click a hyperlink to an Office document, and the hyperlink is from another Office document.
  • You click a hyperlink to an Office document, and the hyperlink is from an e-mail message.
  • You click a hyperlink to an Office document, and the hyperlink is from a Microsoft SharePoint Services site or a Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server site.

Resolution

For sites that are not on a SharePoint server, in order to resolve this behavior so that open documents that are in the Internet or Local intranet security zones in Internet Explorer with read/write permissions, you must add the following registry key:
  • For Office XP
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\10.0\Common\Internet\OpenDocumentsReadWriteWhileBrowsing = 1
  • For Office 2003
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Common\Internet\OpenDocumentsReadWriteWhileBrowsing = 1
  • For the 2007 Office system
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Common\Internet\OpenDocumentsReadWriteWhileBrowsing = 1
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To fix this problem automatically, click the Fix it button or link. Then click Run in the File Download dialog box, and follow the steps in the Fix it wizard.
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Notes
  • This Fix it package will have no effect when you open documents and hyperlinks from a Microsoft SharePoint Services site or a Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server site.
  • This wizard may be in English only. However, the automatic fix also works for other language versions of Windows.
  • If you are not on the computer that has the problem, save the Fix it solution to a flash drive or a CD and then run it on the computer that has the problem.

Then, go to the "Did this fix the problem?" section.

Let me fix it myself

To do this, follow these steps.

Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322756 How to back up and restore the registry in Windows


Important The following steps will have no effect when you open documents and hyperlinks from a Microsoft SharePoint Services site or a Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server site.
  1. Quit all Office 2003 and 2007 Office programs that are running.
  2. Click Start, click Run, type regedit in the Open box, and then click OK.
  3. Locate and then right-click the following registry subkey: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\<version_number>\Common\Internet

    Note In this subkey, <version_number> corresponds to 10.0, 11.0 or 12.0 for the specific Office version that is installed. You must create the registry key in the HKEY_CURRENT_USER tree. The same setting under the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE tree has no effect.
  4. Point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
  5. Type OpenDocumentsReadWriteWhileBrowsing, and then press ENTER.
  6. Right-click OpenDocumentsReadWriteWhileBrowsing, and then click Modify.
  7. In the Value data box, type 1, and then click OK.
  8. On the File menu, click Exit to quit Registry Editor.

Did this fix the problem?

  • Check whether the problem is fixed. If the problem is fixed, you are finished with this section. If the problem is not fixed, you can contact support.
  • We would appreciate your feedback. To provide feedback or to report any issues with this solution, please leave a comment on the "Fix it for me" blog or send us an email message.

Status

This behavior is by design.

References

For more information about this behavior in Microsoft Office XP, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
867838 Office XP document in a SharePoint Team Services from Microsoft document library opens as read-only in Internet Explorer

Properties

Article ID: 870853 - Last Review: September 4, 2013 - Revision: 8.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft Office Outlook 2003
  • Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003
  • Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003
  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003
  • Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 2.0
  • Microsoft Office Publisher 2003
  • Microsoft Office Small Business Edition 2003
  • Microsoft Office Basic Edition 2003
  • Microsoft Office Access 2003
  • Microsoft Office Professional 2007
  • Microsoft Office Standard 2007
  • Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007
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