Read Only Files

[ad]Dear Elizabeth,

I write children’s books so often have a large amount of text that I save and return to when I add to or change the story. Occasionally I find the file has been saved as Read Only and I can’t do anything with it, except make a copy with a new title – e.g.Whatever Mk2. Can you explain why this happens? I am not aware of doing anything to tell my laptop to save as Read Only. Is there any way of undoing the command? I have Windows 7. It doesn’t happen very often but is very irritating. In the past I have lost a whole day’s work by not spotting the problem in time.

I would also like to say a sincere thank you for all the tips and good advice you have shared with us over the years.

Margaret (New Zealand)

Dear Margaret,

While I don’t know what you are doing to make a file read-only, I can tell you how to undo the read only file property.

First, find your file using Windows Explorer. It is usually in a location like your Documents folder.

Once you have found the file, right click on it, and click on “Properties” in the context menu that appears.

A file properties dialog box will open.

In the, “Attributes” section, click to remove the check mark from “Read-only” and click the “OK” button to save your changes.



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