Excel 2003, opening files as Read-Only

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An employee recently moved here from a previous location, and brought a ton of files with her on CD, which she copied onto the PC. Now whenever she opens them, Excel says they are read only. I had her remove the read only attribute from the files if it was there. Windows claims they are not read-only and Excel says they are. What options in Excel could make a file show up as read only when the Windows attribute says it is Read-Write?

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There is an option when you save an Excel File to turn on "Read-Only recommended", but I doubt that is the case for ALL of her files. Did you check the Folder properties to see if it it set to read-only? Maybe she copied an entire directory from the CD and the directory is now set to read-only on the local drive.
 

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I did uncheck the Read Only attribute at the folder level. She seems to believe all her old files are broken, and being such a "busy" person she only showed me a few examples. I see about the Read-Only recommended though. Thanks,
 
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since you did it at the folder level, did you get the prompt to apply to all files and subfolders in that folder? If not, open the folder, select all the files and then right click on one of them. Clear the read-only check box and then click OK, this should remove the attribute for the individual files.
 
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