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When you open a document in one of the Microsoft Word versions that is listed in the "Applies to" section, the document opens as read-only.
This issue may occur when one of the following conditions is true:
To work around this issue, use one of the following methods, depending on your situation.
Method 1: Require a password to open the document for changesWhen a file is opened as read-only, any additional access by another user will always be read-only. This occurs because Word creates an "owner" file when a document is opened. The purpose of the owner file is to let Word manage the locking of the document and to control access to the document.
For example, when a user who has read permissions opens a document, and then a second user who has read/write permissions opens the same document, the document opens as read-only for the second user.
To work around this issue, the document should be saved by using the Password to modify option.
To save a document by using the Password to modify option, follow these steps:
Method 2: Modify the document in WordBy default, when you open a document from a SharePoint Portal Server 2003 document library, the document is opened as read-only.
To open the document so that you can make changes, click the arrow next to the file name in the document library. Then, click Edit in Microsoft Office Word.