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Setting permissions for a shared Excel file

What are the steps to set permissions for a shared Excel file? Others can access the shared file but cannot save changes. They receive the error "read only file." What does this mean?

If you have a workgroup (read: non-domain) environment, then make sure your share has write access enabled. If you have a domain, be sure that the individual accounts or the group account of the users trying to save changes to the file have write access to the account.

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This was first published in September 2006

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