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    edit vs read-only mode from http link (word 2002)

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    I have used folder options to force .doc files stored on web servers to open in MS Word 2002. Now I'm trying to find out how to force them to open in "edit" vs. "read-only" mode. I have rights to do do this on the internal web server where the .doc files are hosted. Anyone have an idea as to how to do this?

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    Re: edit vs read-only mode from http link (word 2002)

    I think what happens when you open a document from a web server using a link is that IE downloads it to a temp folder (e.g., Temporary Internet Files) and then launches the application to read it. As long as you do it this way, I don't think you can have read-write access to it.

    It's possible that when you access it from an internal server you are dealing with a web folder, which might behave differently. I'm not sure what's going on there.

    Anyway, do you really want people editing the file on the server? You might have to use a different method (e.g., a script that loads the document into Word).

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    Re: edit vs read-only mode from http link (word 2002)

    jscher2000,
    thanks. edit in place in a great feature of Sharepoint Team Services(STS) and web folders. There is a "edit in Microsoft Word" link in STS document libraries' (DL)control pages. Our authors use this frequently. What I've done is add workflow to the DL - three steps. At each step I'm sending a link to the document to the next reviewer in line. When they click the link from e-mail - Word launches. If they make changes to read only version - they can't save it back to the DL. They must save it locally or on a network share, then return to STS and upload it to the DL. I'm trying to eliminate three steps. Maybe the e-mail can send them a link to an ASP or ASPX which takes the target document as a param? What do you think?

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    Re: edit vs read-only mode from http link (word 2002)

    Someday I'm going to have to see a demo of SharePoint. It leads to such difficult questions. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    > Maybe the e-mail can send them a link to an ASP or ASPX which takes the target document as a param?

    This sounds like a good plan. It is tempting to try to deliver an actual live copy of the ASP(X) page itself as the e-mail body, but security restrictions probably would render the STS controls ineffective in that context, so a link makes more sense, even if it is an extra step.

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