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The file is in "read-only" format


A file (or files) properties is set to "read-only" format. This prevents changes from being saved and taking effect.

This issue can be caused by several factors, including (but not limited to):

  • when transferred from a CD-ROM, file properties may default to "read-only" status
  • a previous user may have applied the "read-only" status to the file(s) and saved it/them


1. Select the Open... option from the File drop-down menu in the top toolbar.

2. Select the file(s) that are in read-only format.

3. Right-click on the selected files and select the Properties option from the menu.

The Properties window displays.

4. Deselect the checkmark in the Read-only box under the Attributes section of the window.

5. Click the Apply button.

6. Click the OK button.

Additional Resolutions

If the Read-only checkbox is not checked or if the steps above do not resolve the situation:

1. Select the Open... option from the File drop-down menu in the top toolbar.

2. Select the module and year tab of the file that is in Read-only format (for example 2018 T1).

3. Ensure the Open as read-only button is not selected in the window:

If the Open as read-only checkbox is selected, there are two options:

Option 1: remove the checkmark that appears in the Open as read-only checkbox and close the file. However, all changes made to the file since it was opened in read-only format will be lost.

Option 2: copy the data from the Read-only file to a new file. This option is best if significant changes were made to the file that need to be retained.

Follow these steps for Option 2:

1. Remove the checkmark from the Open as read-only checkbox.

2. Select File > New to create a new file. Keep the read-only file open.

3. Select Window > Tile Horizontally. You will be able to see both files on screen.

4. Click on the Info form of the read-only file and select Edit > Copy form.

5. Click on the Info form of the new file and select Edit > Paste form.

6. Repeat the last two steps for every form used in your file.

Note: Do not copy the T1and TP1 jackets, but rather the forms that feed into them.

For a complete list of forms that are used in the file, open the Form Explorer by pressing on <F4> and click on Used in the forms list.

The message you were getting will no longer appear for files that you create or open from this point on.

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