Why do I have to 'unlock' files?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by jbrown, Oct 9, 2011.

  1. jbrown macrumors 6502a

    jbrown

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    #1
    Often when I have a document ( say a TextEdit doc ), and I wish to change it,
    I have to unlock it?
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

    Intell

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    #2
    Because the file was created or is owned by a user other then yourself. And the system is making sure you want to alter it. Its also a security feature to keep malicious software from causing harm.
     
  3. Mal macrumors 603

    Mal

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    #3
    Actually, in Lion, this is usually tied to the Versions feature. It happens because the file hasn't been changed within a set amount of time, and the system doesn't want to accidentally overwrite the file with a changed version. You can turn off this behavior in System Preferences.

    jW
     

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