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From "Dennis E. Hamilton" <>
Subject NOT EDITABLE ON WINDOWS 10: The Lingering-Lock Case - Update
Date Mon, 10 Aug 2015 16:27:19 GMT
Corrections to the wording in "IF YOU DON'T SUCCEED"

-----Original Message-----
From: Dennis E. Hamilton [] 
Sent: Sunday, August 9, 2015 13:46
Subject: NOT EDITABLE ON WINDOWS 10: The Lingering-Lock Case

After upgrading to Windows 10, some users notice that they have files OpenOffice reports as
not editable.  There is a report that the named file is "locked for editing."  (This is slightly
different than saying the files are read-only.)


If you followed the procedure given in the message, "REPORTING Windows 10 Upgrade Issues:
BASIC SITUATION" and you find that *some* of your existing files are "locked for editing"
while *others* including new ones you make are completely usable, try this procedure.

 1. With any "locked for editing" file open, use File | Save As ... to save the file in the
same place with a modification of the name.  Then use Windows File Explorer to find the location
of the locked version and delete it.  This protects against opening the wrong one at a future

 2. For any document that was described as "locked for editing" when you opened it, close
the document if it is open and perform the following procedure.
 a. Note the location of the folder for the document.  Open that folder in the Windows File
 b. That folder probably has a hidden file named ".~lock.<your-file-name>#", where <your-file-name>
is the name of the file (without the folder part) that you found locked for editing.  Use
the File Explorer to delete that file.
 c. If you don't see such a file, it may be that File Explorer is not showing them to you.
 Here's how to make certain that they are visible:
    (i) In the Windows File Explorer window that is opened to the folder that has the file,
select the "View" tab.
    (ii) In the Layout section of the View options, select Details.  You can always change
the view of folders to any other case later.  Use Details for troubleshooting, as in this
    (iii) In the Show/hide section of the View options, CHECK "File name extensions" and "Hidden
    (iv) That should reveal any hidden lock files in the folder you are viewing.  Delete the
ones that apply to documents you are using in Apache OpenOffice.


If you have different messages when opening a file in OpenOffice, please report that in a
separate email to this list.  This message and replies to it are solely about Windows 10 and
"locked for editing" messages.  Please help us keep the different symptoms and their causes

If your situation is as described at the top of this message and this procedure does not work,
please reply to this message on <> so we can explore further
with you.  

If any replies are directly to me and not the list, that will be permission for me to forward
your message to the list as I see fit.

 - Dennis

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