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    Changing file attributes in Word 97

    Running Windows 7 and still using my old copy of Office 97. When I upgraded to Win 7 from XP most of the files ended up with a read only attribute which I cannot seem to change. When you open the properties on the file there is no check mark in the read only box. Tried checking and unchecking with no change. Tried using cmd attrib but couldn't seem to get the right sequence of commands. Forgot most of my DOS. I can save the files to a different name as a work around but cannot delete the original file either. Thanks.

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    The old DOS command would have been:
    ATTRIB -r *.doc
    It should still work from a command prompt. The above assumes you're running it from the folder containing the files; if not, you'll need to add the path.
    Cheers,

    Paul Edstein
    [MS MVP - Word]

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    I found this

    http://forums.cnet.com/7723-6129_102...ome-read-only/

    and one user there reported that opening Office files from within Office itself rather than explorer worked for them.

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    I've seen an issue where either Win7 or Office apps think the file came from an outside source and is protecting the user.

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