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Old 06-25-2016, 07:17 AM
 
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I can't remove the "read only" attributes from files I've created. I've tried any number of things suggested on the net but it just doesn't go away. Any help would be appreciated. Screen shots on demand.
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Old 06-25-2016, 07:32 AM
 
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I just looked at some of my files in Windows 7. A right click, scroll down to 'Properties' opens the (under tab General) box that shows 'read only' and 'hidden.'
Have you tried unclicking the 'read only' there? Of course, after unclicking the box, you'd need to click the 'Apply' button that will now appear.
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Old 06-25-2016, 07:41 AM
 
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I just looked at some of my files in Windows 7. A right click, scroll down to 'Properties' opens the (under tab General) box that shows 'read only' and 'hidden.'
Have you tried unclicking the 'read only' there? Of course, after unclicking the box, you'd need to click the 'Apply' button that will now appear.
Yeah, I've done that. I've run it as "Administrator" and did that. Still comes back.
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Old 06-25-2016, 08:40 AM
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If you simply want to make changes to the read-only files, you could open those files as they are and do a "Save As" to save a new copy without the read-only attribute. All that read-only does in Windows is prevent the file from being saved over. It doesn't prevent you from making changes and saving a new copy.
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Old 06-25-2016, 09:08 AM
 
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If you simply want to make changes to the read-only files, you could open those files as they are and do a "Save As" to save a new copy without the read-only attribute. All that read-only does in Windows is prevent the file from being saved over. It doesn't prevent you from making changes and saving a new copy.
And I have double, triple or quadruple sets of the same file, with the fog of war setting in rapidly. (Some of my files are five hundred plus page books I'm doing for the USN.) I should be able to edit a file I've created and save it without the hoop-jumping.
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Old 06-25-2016, 09:13 AM
 
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Perhaps in main window 'Tools' (top left) you could try clicking folder options, and then 'restore default?' I'm grasping at straws here for you OP. I know what a pain in the neck this must be.
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Old 06-25-2016, 09:17 AM
 
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Main window?
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Old 06-25-2016, 09:18 AM
 
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Yes, when say you are in 'My documents, that window' Maybe I worded that poorly.
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Old 06-25-2016, 09:18 AM
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And I have double, triple or quadruple sets of the same file, with the fog of war setting in rapidly. (Some of my files are five hundred plus page books I'm doing for the USN.) I should be able to edit a file I've created and save it without the hoop-jumping.
Another possibility would be to save your files to an external drive that isn't NTFS formatted. Those attributes aren't recognized on drives with FAT32 or ExFAT formats.

How to format a WD external hard drive in exFAT or FAT32 | WD Support
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Old 06-25-2016, 09:26 AM
 
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Another possibility would be to save your files to an external drive that isn't NTFS formatted. Those attributes aren't recognized on drives with FAT32 or ExFAT formats.

How to format a WD external hard drive in exFAT or FAT32 | WD Support
How do I find out if the drive is NTFS formatted?
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