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Word: Asterisk Precedes Document or Style Sheet Filename

PSS ID Number: Q50645 Article last modified on 11-02-1994

5.00 5.50 6.00



If an asterisk precedes the filename of a document or style sheet on the window border (or the status line if in zoom mode), it means your document or style sheet is open in read-only mode. Read-only documents can be edited; however, they cannot be saved under the current name. Another indication that the document is read-only is that the proposed filename in the Transfer Save “filename:” field is blank.

This situation is common on networks or multitasking operating systems using Word where files or style sheets are in use by several operators. To change the read-only attribute of the file, check to make sure no other users are accessing the file, and use either the DOS ATTRIB command or the Word version 5.00 or 5.50 RDWRITE.EXE utility to change the status to read/write.

Note: If other users are accessing the file when you change the attribute, it will not be changed. This is a feature of Word designed to protect users from changing the attributes on a file already in use.

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