Somehow my documents in WORD is set to READ ONLY RRS feed

  • Question

  • How can I change my documents from Read Only  back to Printable?  All of them come up to Read Only and I don't know why.  I can't print my new documents.
    Thursday, June 21, 2018 12:49 AM

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  • That is liable to happen if you're using Office 365 and your subscription has expired. Read-only documents are not ordinarily non-printable.

    Paul Edstein
    [MS MVP - Word]

    Thursday, June 21, 2018 3:14 AM
  • Hello Brenda Fay,

    This forum(Word for Developers) is for development issues related to Word Object Model and your problem is more related to Word product feature, so I would move this thread into Word IT Pro Discussions.
    Thanks for your understanding.
    Best Regards,

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    Thursday, June 21, 2018 7:36 AM
  • Hi,

    If you are downloading any Microsoft Word document from the Internet (e.g., an email attachment or a file from a website) will have read-only protection assigned to it whenever you open it and might that be the issue in printing the file. You can disable this protection when first opening the document. 

    Read how to remove the read only status on word documents: https://www.wikihow.com/Remove-the-%27Read-Only%27-Status-on-MS-Word-Documents

    Or there could be a case if it occurs with files saving on your system.
    You are using Office 365?? Check its subscription, it must have expired.


    Thursday, June 21, 2018 1:58 PM
  • Hi Brenda,

    Do you mean all of the documents even if the new created ones are read only and not printable?
    Is there any detailed error message when you trying to print the files?

    Please check if the problem also affects other applications like Excel or PowerPoint. If yes, refer to the reply of Paul and verify whether your Office application is activated. 

    If this is a file related issue and the file does not contain any privacy information, you may share the document via OneDrive or send it to us via:

     GBSD TN Office Information Collection ibsofc@microsoft.com

    We would open your file in our test environment. Please involve the thread URL in the email message for easy follow-up :)


    Yuki Sun

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    Friday, June 22, 2018 2:30 AM