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[*] Post 504810 posted on 30-9-2016 at 01:10 Reply With Quote
working from a read-only document

I wish to make some changes in a document I received via e-mail. I opened it with Libre Office 5.2 for Windows, in XP. It has a .docx extension, and a notice "Read-Only" appears. The person who passed it on to me says that he does not have a password to unlock it in any way.

I'm not trying to make some sneaky change in the document, so any work-around that would allow me to make an editable document would be fine (e.g,, if I could save it without the read-only protection under another name, or if I could copy the entire text therein and paste it into a new document). Or, perhaps someone here with experience knows another method.

Perhaps someone here has made Read-Only documents so others will not make some unwanted change, and knows the ins-and-outs of them.

Can you help me?
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[*] Post 504815 posted on 30-9-2016 at 07:06 Reply With Quote

Where did the document come from? Did you receive it via e-mail. If you did, save it to your computer before you open it. Opening it from within your e-mail client will ensure that it is read-only. Once it is saved on your computer, you can change the read-only attribute if necessary.
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[*] Post 504820 posted on 30-9-2016 at 10:33 Reply With Quote

This only works with some versions of Word, if you have it... It MIGHT work with Libre.

Open your document in Word, then save it in ".xml" format.

Open the .xml doc in wordpad, emacs, or your favorite text editor.

Search for the string w:enforcement="1".

Replace the "1" with a "0" to disable enforcement (i.e., unlock the document).

Save the document from your text editor.

Open the .xml document in Word.

Choose "Save as..." and save it as a .doc or .docx file.

If not...

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