Unlocking files

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Unlocking files

Postby andrepsmit » Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:40 pm

Whenever I open my files, they are locked, and I have to open a copy to update the file and then rename it! How do I ensure that my files are unlocked when opening?
Open Office 4.5 - Windows 10
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Re: Unlocking files

Postby FJCC » Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:14 pm

Please see this topic.
The useful part it:
Close all of your OpenOffice files. Set Windows to show hidden files and folders. You can do this by typing Hidden Files in the search box and following the link to Shows Hidden Files and Folders. Go to the folder where your locked file is and look for files whose name starts with .~lock. After you delete those files, the lock should be removed from your files. These .~lock files are written as a normal part of opening a file but they should be deleted when the file is closed. If the problem returns, we'll have to investigate why that is happening.
AOO 3.4 or 4.1 on MS Windows XP ( before 2013-08-03) or Windows 7
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Re: Unlocking files

Postby John_Ha » Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:40 pm

Check your Windows Defender settings - are they allowing AOO to delete the lock files?
AOO 4.1.5, Windows 7 Home 64 bit

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