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Often I open an office document (via SharePoint) as read-only, only to later realize it needs editing. Is there an easy way to do this from within Office itself?

Current workaround is to close word/excel/etc. Start-Programs-Word/Excel, then go to the 'most recent' menu and open it again, at which point it should become writeable.

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For this purpose, you don't need to close the Word/Excel program entirely. You can just close the document and then reopen it.

Here is the shortcut.

  1. Ctrl-F4 for closing current document
  2. Alt-F > 1 for opening the most recent document
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Ok, but you lose your place/view type...there's no way of just somehow flipping a flag? –  adolf garlic Mar 18 '11 at 9:25
    
This is the simplest method I can think of ;) –  wilson Mar 24 '11 at 15:54
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I think normally when this happens, you would have realised only after doing a fair bit of editing.

One method (if you have write access to the directory) is to Save As the file to a different name, open the Save As function again to delete the original file and save the edited file as the original name again. Save As will allow you write a read-only file.

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