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When you try to edit a subdocument of a Master document in Outline view, you may receive the following error message:

There is insufficient memory. Save the document now.



This behavior occurs if the following conditions are true:

  • The subdocument is restricted for editing

  • You expanded the subdocument in Outline view for in-place editing.


To work around this behavior, follow these steps:

  1. On the Outline toolbar,click Collapse Subdocuments.

  2. Double-click the File icon for the subdocument that is restricted for editing.

    The subdocument opens in a new window.

  3. On the View menu, click Task Pane.

  4. On the Other Task Panes menu at the top of the Task Pane, click Protect Document.

  5. Click Show All Regions I Can Edit, and then click to select the Highlight the regions I can edit check box.

  6. Make your changes, save the subdocument, and then close the subdocument.

  7. Repeat steps 2 through 6 for any other subdocuments that are restricted for editing.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.

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