I recently upgraded to Windows 7 on new hardware. I am still using MS Word 2003. I have a Word file that I usually have open and regularly update but now after doing only a couple of “saves” Word decided that the file is a “read only” and presents me with the “save as” dialogue; the file is not read only and it is a nuisance having to delete and rename the resulting multiple files all the time. Any ideas of what could be causing this glitch?
The file is NOT a read only file; not even after Word insists that I “save as” the file, is the original file “read only”. This is some sort of system quirk that makes no sense. However, I do recall a few years ago, under Windows XP, when regularly saving an open Excel file that the same quirk used to pop up occasionally, but never then on a Word file.
Everything is “allowed” under Properties > Security > Permissions.
The file usually remains open; I can “save” it a number of times then, when I attempt to once again save the file, Word presents the “save as” dialogue and indicates that the file is “read only”. The file has never been “read only” and when, after saving the file under another name, and I look at the original file, it still is NOT “read only”.
I just tested the problem file on my laptop that is running Windows XP: no problem; indeed I had no problem with this file on my old desktop running XP. Therefore it is a problem with Windows 7 or at least a problem with files created on XP …
I just tried creating a new Word 2003 file on Windows 7 and copying the data from the XP-created file thereto. Word presented me with the “Save as” dialogue on the fifth save. It’s not even consistent with the number of saves it will allow me before it goes to its false “read only” mode. It appears to be a Windows 7 problem.