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Remove the edit lock on read-only files

This new 'feature' means all docs opened in read-only mode (like every attachment from Outlook) are unfortunately locked for editing until they are duplicated/saved. I definitely don’t want to save the dozens of attachments I access on a daily basis, but sometimes you want to tweak some spacing to print a document or jot down some notes to take a call. This just adds extra minutes to every day and contributes to file bloat.

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  • David commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please remove this read only fiasco! Or at least let us turn off this very annoying "feature". Presently it is clumsy and a waste of time to have to first rename and then resave every document you open from trusted coworkers.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please remove this feature, or at least allow it to be switched off. It is highly annoying to be forced to save a document before being able to edit it. It should be my choice as a user, not being forced into it by MS Outlook/MS Word.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    There needs to be an option to turn it off. It is maddening and wastes time.
    This is awful Remove ASAP.This is a very irritating the time consuming attribure. Please give us the option to remove it.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Agreed. Please remove this "feature." It's a time-sucking, unnecessary, and unhelpful tool.
    Thanks,
    Jason

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is a very irritating the time consuming attribure. Please give us the option to remove it.

  • Scott commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I would prefer the default to open to allow edit unless there is a conscious choice to lock the docuement by the sender. There is no need for MS to make this decision on behalf of the sender.

  • PB commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Common Microsoft - Under Review since 2016 and still no solution!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is extremely frustrating and a waste of time and effort. It appears that this has been "under review" for almost 30 months. Does "under review" actually mean "go away, we couldn't give a **** about this problem"? If not, when will Microsoft release a "fix" for this?

  • Linda commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I swear I'm about to throw my computer out of the window. There is no Trust Center on a Mac. This feature is killing me. Can we please get an answer how to disable this?

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    this is a huge time waster for those of us who open lots of documents every day. Please remove this default.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    read-only files add unnecessary steps. Totally unacceptable and there is no possible rationale for this that would make sense to me

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    One more ****** off user. Seriously. and for those who have offered a solution. Check again, this is word for MAC and the solution you suggest does NOT exist.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please count my vote... fix this problem as soon as possible. Files should open and be editable immediately.

  • will palmer commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I would request that any word document mailed by Outlook be unlocked on Mac. If I use Mac Mail instead it opens fine. This becomes an incentive to stop using Outlook on my Mac and use Apple mail instead.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    How has this not been addressed in 3 years? If its due to prioritizing security then why do I not suffer the same on windows version?

    Please give us the option to access files without having to make needless copies and waste productivity and time!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    +1. I understand the rationale but this is maddening, and you've got to give the option of turning it off!

  • John commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Add my name to this - it is driving me MAD! It is typical of the arrogance of MS to dump this on users a) as a default and b) with no option to remove it. Even Open Office is starting to look attractive :-(

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