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    New Lounger
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    Delete Read Only (Office 2k)

    I have Office 2000 Small Business. We F-disked my hard drive and installed Windows 98 second edition. I saved all the files in My Documents to CDs. I copied the files back to the hard drive and now I have 7000 office files that are READ ONLY. Is there any way to remove the READ ONLY protection so I don't have to save them all under new names. I would also like to delete some of the files but can't while they are read only.

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    Silver Lounger
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    Re: Delete Read Only (Office 2k)

    If you Right Click them and choose Properties you should be able to uncheck the Read Only attribute. I think you should be able to do multiple files at the same time, I can in Win XP.

    Good Luck
    H Lewton

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    Super Moderator jscher2000's Avatar
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    Re: Delete Read Only (Office 2k)

    This might be a case of "DOS to the rescue". Does Win 98 have this command?

    <pre>C:>attrib /?
    Displays or changes file attributes.

    ATTRIB [+R | -R] [+A | -A ] [+S | -S] [+H | -H] [[drive:] [path] filename]
    [/S [/D]]

    + Sets an attribute.
    - Clears an attribute.
    R Read-only file attribute.
    A Archive file attribute.
    S System file attribute.
    H Hidden file attribute.
    /S Processes matching files in the current folder
    and all subfolders.
    /D Processes folders as well.</pre>

    If so , it appears to be a matter of pointing attrib at the top level folder like this:

    ATTRIB -R c:mydox*.* /S

    However, you might test on a smaller universe first because, as you know <img src=/w3timages/censored.gif alt=censored border=0> happens. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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