TasTaria.com – 4 Ways To Edit A Locked Microsoft Word File – You may have downloaded document files for assignments or sample documents that you want to use. But unfortunately the file is locked with protection “Read Only” by someone who owns the file.
With “Read Only” protection, you can only read the Microsoft word file or document, and you cannot edit, update or change the contents of the written document. So one way to get stuck is to write it back on a new word sheet.
This may be a bit tricky, especially if the target file has thousands to tens of thousands of words that need to be copied. It’s quite difficult, right? Fortunately, there are several ways that are claimed to be effective in removing read only protection on Microsoft word document files that cannot be edited.
4 Ways To Edit A Locked Microsoft Word File
Method 1: Disabling “Protected View”
Open the designated Word file. If you download the Word file online, you may encounter a notification that says Protected View the first time you open the file. It prevents editing, and is designed to help prevent virus infection on your computer from infected files.
If you get an error message stating that you don’t have permission to open the file, just click the “Enable Editing” button in the yellow bar at the top of the document.
Start editing the document. You usually need to do this to start editing the files you have downloaded. If you still can’t edit the file, read on below.
Method 2: changing file properties
First, find the file you are aiming for, then Right click on the file you want to convert.
- Select “Properties” from the menu. Then on the tab “General” uncheck the box “Read-Only”.
- Click the “Apply” button. After that, try editing the file.
Method 3: saving the file in another format
Open the target file as usual through Microsoft word. Then save the file as a copy and edit the copy.
- Click File and select “Save As”.
- Rename the files so that the new copy is created with a slightly different name. Also try changing the format from Docx, to Doc or vice versa.
- Open a new version of the saved file.
Start editing the document. You should be able to edit the new version of the document. If you can’t even access this document, read on.
Method 4: claiming permissions for files
Log on to Windows as an administrator. You need administrator access to take ownership of files that do not have the correct permissions.
You’ll typically encounter permissions errors for files that have been found from other hard drives or copied from user folders you don’t normally access.
- Open the folder containing the locked word file. Depending on where it was originally saved, this could be in the Documents folder, Downloads folder, the desktop, or another location.
- Right click on the file you want to take ownership of and select “Properties”.
- Click “Security Tab” then click “Advanced”.
Then follow the exact steps below especially for Windows 7 or Windows 8:
- Click the “Owner” tab then click “Edit”.
- Select the user you wish to take ownership of and click “OK”.
- Return to the “Security” Tab in the “Properties” window.
- Click the “Edit” button.
- Select the users you want to allow full access to the file, and then check the “Allow” box next to “Full Control”.
- If the user you want is not registered, click “Add …” and type in the username.
- After clicking “Advanced, click the” Edit “link at the top of the window.
- Enter the user for whom you want to take ownership of the file. Click “OK”
- Check the box “Replace owner on subcontainers and objects”. Click “Apply” and then Yes.
- Click the “Change permissions” button.
- “Enable inheritance” button.
- “Add” then click the link “Select a principal”.
- Type in the user you want to grant ownership access to.
- Click “Show advanced permissions”.
- Check the box “Full control”.
Those are some steps that you can use when you have downloaded a file that has protection or is locked to change. The rest, if you have anything to ask. Please leave via the comments field provided below.