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Password protected spreadsheet (XLS format) opens read-only

PostPosted: Sun Dec 29, 2019 1:02 pm
by Marlow1
Hello, I am a total newbie having converted from MS Office.
I was advised to safe everything as an xls or .doc in order to send or receive docs from MS users.
I have a passworded spreadsheet and I am trying to edit it. But I am unable to do so as it says Read Only on the top. How do I edit a passworded doc save as .xls. Thank you!

Re: Spreadsheet

PostPosted: Sun Dec 29, 2019 1:38 pm
by RusselB

Re: Spreadsheet

PostPosted: Sun Dec 29, 2019 8:48 pm
by jrkrideau
Marlow1 wrote:I was advised to safe everything as an xls or .doc in order to send or receive docs from MS users.


this is very bad advice. You should always save in AOO formats (ods, odt, etc.) Every time you open or save a AOO file in anther format such as xls or doc you are translating it. Over time small translation errors can build up and result in a catastrophic failure. And, good luck trying to recover a corrupt Word file.

It is much better (safer) to save in native AOO formats and only export when you need to exchange a file.

Re: Spreadsheet

PostPosted: Sun Dec 29, 2019 8:56 pm
by John_Ha
Marlow1 wrote:I was advised to safe everything as an xls or .doc in order to send or receive docs from MS users.

See [Tutorial] Differences between Writer and MS Word files for a description of differences and for why you should always work in, and save files as, .odt. Create a copy as a .doc.