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    Read Only for a shortcut

    We have a user that insists that you

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    Re: Read Only for a shortcut

    Barbara,

    When you right click a short cut and open the Properties dialog, there is a checkbox on the General tab (at least in Win 98) for read-only. Check it and your doc opens as Read Only. Uncheck it and... well you can figure it out.

    I just did this for an Excel 2000 file on my Win 98 machine. I know the read only property has been around in Win 95 only but not sure of other Win versions.

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    Re: Read Only for a shortcut

    Tried this on Word2000 running on Windows 2000.
    The Read Only box is present on the General Tab as Fred says.
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    Re: Read Only for a shortcut

    Unfortunately, setting this attribute makes only the shortcut file (*.lnk) read-only - not the file the shortcut is linked to.
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    Re: Read Only for a shortcut

    That is what I found to, checking the read only box on the shorcut does not stop someone from over writing the orginal file.

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    Re: Read Only for a shortcut

    Maybe the user used to put the actual file in the Desktop folder. Then the icon for the file is the file, not a link. I have users who put files right on the desktop or in a folder on the desktop.
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    Re: Read Only for a shortcut

    Well the file is a shared file that is on the network. he just want a link to it to check information, and doesn't want to accidently change the file. It probably isn't possible, but he insists that they were able to do this as little as six months ago, in windows 2000, office 2000 with a command line at the end of the target address.

    Thanks for all the suggestions you all!

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    Re: Read Only for a shortcut

    In that case, just set the read only attribute on the file.
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    Re: Read Only for a shortcut

    Oh, sorry. I get it. He does not want to modify it, but others need to. Ignore that last post. I could not edit the post and I clicked Post It just a second too soon.
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    Re: Read Only for a shortcut

    No he cannot produce the short cut. He did do it about 6 months ago and thought it was in word 2000.

    It is not a template that he is linking to. It is just a file with daily information that he needs throughout the day. Other individuals are the ones that actually update the file. He wants a shortcut to the file that is read only so he doesn't accidentally overwrite any information.

    He doesn't not want the file it self set to read only, because of the other users.

    How do you set the document to suggest read only?

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    Re: Read Only for a shortcut

    You can set a file to suggest read-only using File => Save As and clicking on the Tools button (top left). Then select "General options" and check the box for "read-only recommended."
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    Re: Read Only for a shortcut

    Can your user produce one of these mythical shortcuts? If so, you should be able to copy the command line code. Word has a number of startup switches but that isn't one of them.

    Any chance this user is thinking of a link to a template? A shortcut to a template will open a new document based on the template, rather than allowing someone to edit the template.

    Otherwise, any chance that the file was previously stored in a read-only directory?

    Finally, is there a reason to not either set the file as read-only without worrying about the shortcut? This can be done from Windows using the properties, or can be done somewhat more securely by giving the document a password for editing. Finally, it is possible to set the document so that it suggests "read-only" when it opens and gives the user a choice.

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    Re: Read Only for a shortcut

    Drag a shortcut to the desktop and edit the "Target" to read as follows:

    "PathToWord" /t"PathToDocument"
    (quotation marks are needed only if there are spaces in the paths)

    Example:
    D:MSOfficeOfficeWINWORD.EXE /t"C:My DocumentsXferAgmt.doc"

    This will treat the existing document as a template and create a new document based on the existing document with a name similar to Document1.

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    Re: Read Only for a shortcut

    Thanks so much. where on earth or how on earth did you ever figure that out?

    anyway thanks!

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