Office opens 'read only'

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Civil Engineer, Oct 18, 2016.

  1. Civil Engineer macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2013
    Since I loaded Office 2015, nearly every file I open from an outside source (e-mail) opens 'read only'. I have tried to find a setting in Preferences without any success. It happens in Word, Excel and Powerpoint. Any ideas?
  2. chscag macrumors 68000


    Feb 17, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Since there is no "Office 2015", I assume you're referring to Office 2016? If you're receiving Office files via email and they're read only, perhaps the sender has sent them as read only. There are times when files sent from a Windows machine to a Mac might have an ownership tag on them. That can occur when transferring files from NTFS to HFS+.
  3. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    This annoyance is due to "sandboxing" and "security" in the latest Mac operating systems.

    Read this thread at
  4. Nunyabinez macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2010
    Provo, UT
    What version did you purchase? Office 2016 on a Mac is only available as part of a 365 subscription or as Office Home & Student. The home and student is a one time payment for use on 1 mac only. Office 365 is either a monthly fee or a yearly fee.

    From your description, my first impression was that you have not licensed your copy. However if that is true you shouldn't be able to edit any documents, not just ones you have received. That is still my guess as I can't think of another situation other than what chscag said.

    Edit: Maybe Brian is onto something. He posted while I was typing.

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