[Fixed!] Excel Files Open as Read Only from Network (8 Solutions)

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If you are looking for some special tricks to solve the problem “Excel files open as read-only from the network”, you’ve come to the right place. In Microsoft Excel, there are numerous ways to fix this problem. This article will discuss eight methods to resolve the problem. Let’s follow the complete guide to learn all of this.


How to Fix When Excel Files Open as Read Only from Network: 8 Possible Solutions

There are many reasons to experience the Excel read-only error. Listed below are some of them.

  • Corrupted Excel Workbook
  • Unsupported Add-ins
  • Malware and Antivirus
  • Encrypted File
  • Issues with Excel Program
  • Spreadsheet or File Settings

In the following section, we will use eight effective and tricky methods to solve the problem “Excel files open as read-only from the network”. This section provides extensive details on eight methods. You should learn and apply all of these to improve your thinking capability and Excel knowledge.


Solution 1: Eliminate Read Only Attribute from Excel File Properties

The main reason for Excel read-only error messages is because of their property settings. To fix the problem you have to follow the following process.

📌 Steps:

  • Firstly, by right-clicking on the MS Excel file you have to select the Properties.

Eliminate Read Only Attribute from Excel Files Properties

  • Next, in the Attributes option, Read-only must be unchecked.
  • Then, click on OK.

[Fixed!] Excel Files Open as Read Only from Network

Read More: How to Remove Read Only from Excel


Solution 2: Readjust Antivirus Settings

Sometimes, an antivirus system prevents Excel files from opening in read-only format. Keep your antivirus updated and make sure it doesn’t conflict with Excel. Excel may hang if an obsolete Antivirus tool interferes with it. You can also temporarily disable your anti-virus software to see whether that is the cause of your Excel hang. Whenever that solves the problem, contact your antivirus supplier and let them know there’s a problem.


Solution 3: Remove Protected View of Excel

We can also solve the problem of “Excel files open as read-only from the network” by removing the protected view of Excel. To do this you have to follow the following method.

📌 Steps:

  • Firstly, you have to open File > Options.

Remove Protected View of Excel

  • Then, select Trust Center and select Trust Center Settings.

  • Next, select Protected View and uncheck all options like the following.

[Fixed!] Excel Files Open as Read Only from Network

  • Then, select File Block Settings and uncheck all options. Click on OK.

[Fixed!] Excel Files Open as Read Only from Network

Read More: How to Make Excel Workbook Read Only with Password


Solution 4: Repair MS Office

We can also solve the problem by repairing Microsoft 365. To do this you have to follow the following process.

📌 Steps:

  • Firstly, press ‘Windows+R’. Then, type appwiz.cpl. Next, press Enter. Or you can use a direct way to open Programs and Features in the Control panel.

  • Right-click on Microsoft 365 and select Change.

[Fixed!] Excel Files Open as Read Only from Network


Solution 5: Change File Type

We can also solve the problem by changing the file type. To do this you have to follow the following method.

📌 Steps:

  • Firstly, you have to open File > Save As.
  • Then, select the file type from the Save Workbooks.

Read More: [Fixed!] This Excel Workbook Was Opened in Read-Only Mode


Solution 6: Uncheck Read-Only Recommended

We can also solve the problem “Excel files open as read-only from the network” by unchecking the Read-only recommended. To do this you have to follow the following method.

📌 Steps:

  • Firstly, you have to open File > Save As.
  • When the Save As dialog box appears, select Tools. Then, select General Options.

Uncheck Read-Only Recommended

  • When the General Options dialog box appears, Read-only recommended must be unchecked.

  • Following this method, we can easily and quickly solve the problem.

Solution 7: Check and Update Windows

As soon as a problem is identified, Microsoft issues a patch. To avoid problems, it’s important to keep Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office on the latest versions. If you experience a read-only Excel error, then you need to update Windows and Microsoft Office.


Solution 8: Recheck If OneDrive Storage Is Full

You may experience such problems if your MS Excel Files are stored on OneDrive with insufficient storage space. It is necessary to open Settings on your computer, go to OneDrive, and check the amount of available space. Empty the space on the drive if there is no available space or it is full. If the problem persists, try reinstalling the software.


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Conclusion

That’s the end of today’s session. I strongly believe that from now on, you may solve the problem Excel files open as read-only from the network. If you have any queries or recommendations, please share them in the comments section below.

Keep learning new methods and keep growing!


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Saquib Ahmad Bhuiyan, holding a BSc degree in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, skillfully integrates engineering expertise with a passion for Excel. He provides solutions to complex issues as an Excel & VBA Content Developer for ExcelDemy Forum. He demonstrates an enthusiastic mindset and adeptness in managing critical situations with finesse, showcasing his commitment to excellence. Apart from creating Excel tutorials, he is interested in Data Analysis with MS Excel, Rhinoceros,... Read Full Bio

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