In computing, the term "read-only" refers to the ability to read, but not alter or delete something. This is most typically used in reference to file system permissions, but can also refer to devices, such as read only memory (ROM), or storage media which cannot be written to.

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MS Word goes into read-only mode when trying to save document

I just installed a clean copy of MS Word 2016 for Mac today. I opened and started writing a essay, but I can't save it. When I try to save, either with ⌘+S, ⌘+⇧+S, the save option under the file ...
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How to mount a read only HDD (NTFS volume) and retrieve files?

I have some backups which I need to retrieve files from. They are huuuge (8 TB drives). Because I am not allowed to modify ANY BIT on the disk, I have a adapter that makes the HDD 'read-only'. ...
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can't remove Read Only + cmd not working

My windows files and folder in my laptop is turned to read only i tried : Right-click the folder > Properties Security tab > Advanced Click Change to the right of Owner Enter Users into ...
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how to remove “read only” attribute from folder in windows 7 [duplicate]

I checked one folder as "read only" in Windows 7. In few weeks I reinstalled OS to the same Windows 7. But now all files in that folder and that folder are inaccessible for use. For now folder has ...
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Designate Excel Data Connection ReadOnly

I have an Excel file with a data connection to another Excel source which is referenced by several other reports. The data connection should be read only, but I cannot seem to setup the properties to ...
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Mac excel opening files as read-only but has full access [duplicate]

I have a user who is trying to open an .xlsx file and modify its contents. However, the user is constantly faced with the message saying that someone else is in it. I have checked the Open Files on ...
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How to fix “open in read only” failing with MS Word?

We have MS Word (2013-2011) and documents on shared drives. Usually we have the author of the document editing it, and multiple other users that should access the document in read only. ...
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Pictures and shapes like lines change its position randomly when in the read-only mode

In MS Word Professional Plus 2013: pictures and shapes like lines change position randomly when in read-only mode. I anchored them but still when opening the file read-only they are out of place.
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Can't remove read only attribute

I have windows 7 and I've installed Oracle and my directory C:\app\jankiewj\product is read only. When I try to remove read only checkbox it ask me for admin permission. I've try to run explorer as ...
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Can't remove USB is write protect

I'm using a full 2GB USB. Now it is automatically write-protected. I can't delete, add file or format the USB. I always safely remove before removing it. I have tried both editing regedit and diskpart ...
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Deleting 'read only file' [duplicate]

I've modified a file in AppData/LocalLow to be 'read only'. Then I'm trying to undo the 'read-only' and I'm getting that I need the permissions of myself - meaning the permission of my user that now I ...
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How to download a view-only PDF? [closed]

I am trying to download a PDF file from a site that lets me only view it.  I visited the site a few months back, and back then I could easily download PDFs.  Recently however, they seem to have ...
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Win7 HDD read only unchangable?

Here is a real riddle for you guys. I hope somebody is a real riddler out there ;) HP Proliant MiniServer N54L WD wd40efrx RED 4TB (all together 3 times same outcome, 2 times got 2 new HDDs from ...
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How can I set individual USB ports on a workstation to READ ONLY in Windows 7

Is it possible to set individual USB ports on a workstation to Read-only and the others still be set to Read-Write?
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Excel file opens but when ready to save the file is readonly

Here is the situation. Windows Server Essentials 2012 R2 and windows 7 pro via domain. Laptop user opens 6 excel files. next he goes home with the files open to work on them. when he comes back to ...
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Mount Windows partition with read-write permission if possible

I'm looking for equivalent of -errors={continue|remount-ro|panic} option which is available for i.a. mount.nfs4 but not for the mount.ntfs. I need it to mount Windows 10 partition (via /etc/fstab) ...
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How to configure Windows 7 in live mode (readonly C:) like Linux

I usually create headless box with a raw Debian and AUFS file system to set the CF card in read-only mode. All is load in RAM and not change append on CF card. So i can safely shutdown the box by ...
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How to make sdcard (really) read only?

Like many people, I've always though that sdcard lock is physical protection. But I've just bought cheap sdcard reader which doesn't really care much about it. It made me realize that it's not ...
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D drive is read-only after windows 10 upgade

I'm trying to figure out why my D: drive is read only after updating to Windows 10. It is a separate hard drive and not a partition of another hard drive. I do have bit locker installed but it is ...
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Read only permission for a folder using the command is not working in icacls

I initially used icacls to change the permission. I used the command Icacls "D:\Desktop\test" /Deny Student:(CI)(OI)(X,WD,AD,WA,WEA,D) /inheritance:E /grant:r Administrators:(CI)(OI)F to deny all the ...
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Insert Hyperlink in word to an excel file that will open read-only when clicked?

To manually open an excel file as read-only I usually use excel /r "filename" on the command line, or just click file, open, open as read only from excel. If I insert a hyperlink to an excel file in ...
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How to make a formula-based cell read-only in MS Excel?

I'm trying to create a unique ID for each row in Excel, based on the formula [RowNum + X] (X is given). The formula autocompletes on each new row, based on Excel Tables. After creating the new row, I ...
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Failed to extend… Read only Filesystem VirtualBox

I copied a livedisk fedora16 to my local Ubuntu 14.04 using cat I then created a virtual machine using virtual box with the controller:ide pointing to the .iso file this cat operation produced. The ...
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All the drives in my Windows 8.1 have changed to “Read Only”

All the drives in my Windows 8.1 have somehow changed to "Read Only" , CMD (attrib -r) method nor Security Tab permission method Working.Even Microsoft Website has no solution what-so-ever. How do i ...
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Issue: Guest OS (Debian 3.0, 32-bit ) loads with read-only file system immediately upon booting in VMware Workstation 10 (Host OS: Windows 7, 32-bit)

Issue Summary: A guest 32-bit Debian 3.0 virtual machine is opened using VMware. The guest OS loads a read-only file system on startup. Despite root access no file changes can be made to the virtual ...
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Sometimes opening in read only mode

I have a client that is running Windows 7 Pro on a domain, and PowerPoint 2010 sometimes when opens in read only mode. Server 2008 R2 Full rights to shared file and folder doesn't happen all the ...
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Can I make a read-only symlink in Windows?

I have two game accounts in a game that allows addons. The addons save their data into files. Whenever the game is closed (from a manual close, a disconnect, a crash, etc.), the game writes to the ...
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Can not write to nfs mount despite r/w permissions in place

Somewhat puzzled by the following and hoped there would be someone on here to advise: [root@mybox02 ~]# mount | tail -1 mystor01:/spool1_fs1/ on /global type nfs (rw,addr=xx.xx.xx.25) [root@mybox02 ...
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Does marking files as readonly make them secure?

In Windows (or any OS, really), does marking a file as "Readonly" make it less susceptible to malware and unwanted manipulation? Additionally, should I still scan readonly files for viruses and other ...
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Can't remove read only attribute from folder windows 8.1 [duplicate]

I am using windows 8.1 64 bit I am unable to remove the read only attribute on folders on my computer. I have tried multiple folders on my desktop, and in my documents folder, if I uncheck the read ...
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turning off read only…have tried multiple avenues

I have 2 separate workbooks that I am hyperlinking. When I try to save the document I get a message that the file is read only and to save a copy. I get this for both workbooks that I am ...
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External HDD appears to be mounted rw, but switches to ro

When I first mount my external HDD, it claims to be mounted rw: # mkdir /media/external-hdd # mount /dev/sdb1 /media/external-hdd # mount | grep sdb1 /dev/sdb1 on /media/external-hdd type ext3 ...
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What is the use of a Read Only partition?

What is the use of a read-only partition? I am particularly interested in gpt-formatted disks. If the partition is read-only, then data cannot be written to it. If we're reading data from it, then how ...
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SD cards often mount read-only on Windows despite being unlocked and always working in cameras

I have a HP netbook that's at least three years old and running Windows 7 Starter. It has a built-in SDHC card slot. I have a couple of 8 gig SDHC cards that I switch between my digital camera and ...
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Why are write blockers needed when there is mount with read-only?

Let’s say we're using some flavor of Linux and we mount a partition using following command: sudo mount -o ro /dev/sdc1 /mnt The partition is supposed to be read-only so that the OS and user cannot ...
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How I mount an image on linux in fake read-only mode?

I have a image, that I want to mount read-only. I know how to do it: losetup -r /dev/loop0 /path/to/image But the problem is that any attempt to write to this device, will produce an error that the ...
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Remove read-only attribute from folder - Windows 8.1

I reinstalled a fresh copy of Windows 8.1 on my laptop after formatting drive C. Then I tried to access my Photos folder on drive D and got the error Access is denied. It turned into a Read Only ...
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How to get Excel to show username of person that has file open?

When our admin staff try to open an Excel document on a shared network drive that someone already has open, they get the following message. The name shown (under the red box in the snapshot) is not ...
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Read-only, encrypted flash drive [closed]

Is there any hardware or software way to make a flash drive encrypted and read-only? I want to give this flash drive to someone, have them be able to open and read files, but not able to copy the file ...
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Why can't I use “Find” in a password read-only Word document?

After some testing, it appears that if you use the "password to modify" feature on a Word document, and you opt to open it as read-only, it disables almost every feature, including things like "Find", ...
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Make some content on USB drive read only

I am having a 8GB pen drive, I need to put a PowerPoint into that and make it read only. Rest of the space should be usable for the user. Assuming the user will be using Windows only, what are my ...
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External HDD gets into read only mode over and over again

I have an extarnal HDD that put itself in read only mode on a regular base. For the record I know how to solve this problem via Diskpart. I even have created a script for it! The problem is that it ...
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Make all files and directories read-only

I would like to ask if this is possible: I want to make all files and folders (including all sub-directories) from folder X to be read-only. But if I copy the files from folder X to folder Y, which ...
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Handheld Terminal SD Card error: the file may be in read-only memory, on a write-protected disk or used by another application

I have a handheld terminal and I have made the terminal connect to the PC using USB cable. Also, SD Card is also in the handheld terminal slot. Till a few days ago, I was reaching the files in SD ...
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How do I take full control of read only status for any file or folder on a Windows 8 machine

I've just got a windows 8 machine and it seems to suffer from the same permissions bug as windows 7 whereby a folder is set to read only, seemingly arbitrarily, and it's impossible to unset. I've ...
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MicroSD (transFlash) card loses all writes

I have used a 64GB TransFlash cars from SanDisk for over 1,5 years and now, after I wrote a large WAV file to it, it started to behave in a strange way: all the files and folders on it are readable. ...
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Photoshop - Multiple user woes

Our office is currently having a problem with Photoshop with regards to multiple users working on the same file. For example 2 users can be editing the same file on the network creating confusion when ...
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External hard drive won't format due to “read-only” files

I have an external hard drive that has all of my media and files on it. It normally boots right up, but for some reason it's been having trouble. I normally use it on 2 computers, one with windows ...
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My USB pendrive always goes read-only, what can I do?

I have a transcend 16 Gb usb pendrive. I save my daily works to it. I wrote a bash script to copy the contents of my working directories to the pendrive. The bash script contains only "cp" and "mkdir" ...
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removing read-only access for a folder in windows XP

So I have this windows XP box which has a folder. When I look at its properties, it read-only is enabled. When I uncheck this checkbox and saves it, it saves with no messages, but when I open it again ...