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    Windows 7 includes an option within Windows Explorer to open an MS Office file "read only". The "Open as Read-Only" option appears if the shift-button is held down while right-clicking a file (see attached screen dump 1).

    However, when we tried to use this functionality (on a new PC running Windows 7 and Office 2007), although files opened, they did not open Read Only (see attached screen dump 2).

    Opening files from within Word does allow the same file to open Read Only (see attached screen dump 3).

    The same thing happens with .doc and .docx files.

    Any suggestions?
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    "Open as read-only" means that you are able to read the file, but you cannot edit the file. Are you saying that you can indeed edit the file, even though you have chosen to open it as "read-only"?
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    Yes. As shown in the screen dump, the file name is shown as "Doc1.doc" rather than "Doc1.doc (Read-Only)" and is fully editable.

    To be clear, opening a document Read Only should still allow documents to be edited (it opens the documents Read Only, not protected). However, a document opened in this fashion should only be able to be be saved using Save As, not Save (i.e. it is possible to edit the file and save it with a different file name).

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    This is an interesting bug that appears to happen in both Office 2003 and Office 2007 according to this blog http://softwaredevscott.spaces.live....F3B7!378.entry. It requires a registry edit to fix this for each of the file types you want to right-click on.

    The solution posted there should work in Windows 7 IF you can get to the file types editor which seemed to be removed in Windows Vista and probably also from Windows 7. I then found this link (http://www.annoyances.org/exec/show/article02-500) which discussed ways around this problem.

    Finally I downloaded the Creative Elements Power Tools to allow me to edit the Open as Read Only setting for a file type and it worked very nicely.

    If you knew what you were doing then you could also edit the registry directly and avoid using this power tool.
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