How can I open Read-Only MS Word files?

Question: I am unable to edit a MS document I got emailed. I says all documents/sheets are locked. Why do they say ‘read-only’?’

If you open a Word file directly from a zip file, it will say  ‘read-only’.

To resolve this, you have two options:

  1. Unzip the files to a folder on your PC and then open them. They will open as regular files or
  2. In Word, click File, Save As and then save the file with another name, e.g. Process2.

If you re-open it back in Word, it will no longer be read-only.