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Thread: Office 2007 locking files opened Read Only on network shares

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    Office 2007 locking files opened Read Only on network shares

    I think there is somne bug in Office 2007. If a document is password protected, then you are given the option of entering a password to open the file with write permissions or opening a Read only copy of the file. When I was using Office 2003, then opening a Read Only copy of a password protected document stored on a network share will not result in a lock being placed on the file. Another user can still open that file with write permission and edit it although others were viewing it in Read only mode. Any suggestions?

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    Hi Leif,

    we experience a similiar issue with Word 2007:

    Folder on Win2K2 Server,
    User A has read-only access,
    User B has write-access to the folder

    When User A with read-only access has open a file in the folder and User B tries to open the file also, User B will get:

    "%file% is locked for editing by 'another user'"

    Since User A has open the file only read-only, this message is wrong. This did NOT occur with Word 2000!

    Did you get any solution or verification for your problem in the meantime?
    Last edited by Stefan2007; 21-11-2007 at 09:49 PM.

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    Update:
    The issue I experienced only occurs when User A has Word 2000. So the previous post should correct read:

    Folder on Win2K3 Server,
    User A (Word 2000) has read-only access,
    User B (Word 2007) has write-access to the folder

    When User A (Word 2000) with read-only access has open a file in the folder and User B (Word 2007) tries to open the file also, he will get the following message:

    "%file% is locked for editing by 'another user'"

    Since User A (Word 2000) has open the file only read-only, this message is wrong.

    The wrong message is NOT shown when both users have Word 2000 or if both users have Word 2007

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    Re: Office 2007 locking files opened Read Only on network shares

    In that case you can download Advanced Office Password Recovery which is a program to recover lost or forgotten passwords to files or documents created in Microsoft Office components (all versions up to Office 2003) and other Microsoft software: Word, Excel, Access (including user-level passwords and owner information), Project, Money, PowerPoint, etc. Just search for it on the internet.

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