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    Exclamation Password Protected .doc File; Only Opens as Read Only

    I created a password-protected .doc file in Windows yesterday using the latest version of OpenOffice (3.2.1)

    Opening the file worked perfectly; double-clicked the file, OpenOffice popped up and prompted me for the password, then it let me edit the document as usual.

    Tried it on another computer with Microsoft Word; worked perfectly as well.

    For some reason though, it won't work in Ubuntu (10.10). I'll double-click the file, it'll open with OpenOffice and prompt me for the password, but once it opens it's in "Read Only" mode.

    I tried it on another Windows computer, just to see if it would work, and it did.

    I right-clicked the .doc file and looked at the permissions: (picture edited for privacy)



    Every time I tried changing it from "Read-only" to "Read and write" it automatically (and immediately) switched back to "Read-only"

    Does anyone know how to fix this?

    Thanks
    I'm a PC too, but I run Linux

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    Re: Password Protected .doc File; Only Opens as Read Only

    Who do you want to be able to open and edit the file? The dialog you show shows "Read and write" for owner. Or are you a different user when trying to open/edit the file? Only the owner (or root) would have permission to change that.

    If the file is "Read only" for group and other, they can read it or copy it, and save it under a different name, but they cannot overwrite the existing file without write permission.

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    Re: Password Protected .doc File; Only Opens as Read Only

    "yellowsnow4free" (me) is the owner.

    I'm the owner of the document, but for some reason I can't change it to "Read and Write"
    I'm a PC too, but I run Linux

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    Re: Password Protected .doc File; Only Opens as Read Only

    Try a
    Code:
    sudo chmod 777
    on it and see if that does it.
    “Flow with whatever may happen, and let your mind be free: Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate.”
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    Re: Password Protected .doc File; Only Opens as Read Only

    Quote Originally Posted by BrandonC19 View Post
    Try a
    Code:
    sudo chmod 777
    on it and see if that does it.
    How do I do that on it?

    I'm decent with Ubuntu but stuck when it comes to more complicated Terminal commands
    I'm a PC too, but I run Linux

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    Re: Password Protected .doc File; Only Opens as Read Only

    sudo chmod 777 /path/to/document

    For example, if the document is in your Documents folder, type:

    sudo chmod 777 /home/YOURUSERNAME/Documents/filename.fileextension

    Note that the command line is case sensitive. Try that and get back to us.

    BTW: Terminal is located at the main menu Applications->Accessories->Terminal

    Good luck!

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    Re: Password Protected .doc File; Only Opens as Read Only

    Quote Originally Posted by killa.fr0gg View Post
    sudo chmod 777 /path/to/document

    For example, if the document is in your Documents folder, type:

    sudo chmod 777 /home/YOURUSERNAME/Documents/filename.fileextension

    Note that the command line is case sensitive. Try that and get back to us.

    BTW: Terminal is located at the main menu Applications->Accessories->Terminal

    Good luck!
    Tried it, no luck; still opens as "Read-only"

    I even double-checked the directory; it's correct.
    I'm a PC too, but I run Linux

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