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Friday, July 28, 2006

Office 2003 documents Open in Read-Only Mode

If you click on an Office document in SharePoint to open it - it loads it in the relevant application, but in Read-Only mode. The way to open a document to edit - is to access the context menu and select "Edit in Microsoft Office Word [or like]". This is especially annoying when searching for documents, since the search results does not show the context menu and does not provide a link to the document library containing the document. So the only option is to load the document in Read Only mode but then to save it - the user needs to know which document library it belongs to and then manually navigate to it.

There is however a workaround as detailed in It involves adding a new registry key on every desktop as follows
1. Quit all Office 2003 programs that are running.
2. Click Start, click Run, type regedit in the Open box, and then click OK.
3. Locate and then right-click the following registry subkey: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Common\Internet
4. Point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
5. Type OpenDocumentsReadWriteWhileBrowsing, and then press ENTER.
6. Right-click OpenDocumentsReadWriteWhileBrowsing, and then click Modify.
7. In the Value data box, type 1, and then click OK.
8. On the File menu, click Exit to quit Registry Editor.


At 11:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice. If you like, you can paste the following into a command box:

reg add HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Common\Internet /v
OpenDocumentsReadWriteWhileBrowsing /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

At 11:37 PM, Blogger Mr Funduro said...

I tried this and it didn't work! This is a real problem for us and nothig we try seems to fix this. If you had any other ideas or avenues to explore, I would love to hear them. Thanks for posting the solution as it has been a great place to start on this problem.


At 12:13 AM, Blogger ignazioc said...

Thank you very much for your tip...or for passing it along from Microsoft; anyways, your name came up first on google search.

At 12:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this did not work

At 3:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This does work! You may want to look at the version of Office you are using. This is all for 11.0 which is 2003. for 2007 use 12.0

At 6:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This worked Great!. Thank you very much!

At 12:48 AM, Blogger Wojtek said...

You should read what you advice ;/

That is what is just before the path to registry key on microsfot page: For sites that are not on a SharePoint server, in order to resolve this behavior so that open documents that are in the Internet or Local intranet security zones in Internet Explorer with read/write permissions, you must add the following registry key:

so that obviously won't work... and it doesn't

At 6:21 PM, Anonymous randa Bustami said...

Thank you so much , i was looking for this solution since long time.

At 2:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks. This certainly works! See

At 12:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the machine is on an enterprise network with a sharepoint server issuing security policies, THIS DOES NOT WORK...


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