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This morning when I opened up the folder containing the current documents I am working on, I noticed that the first 7 icons, corresponding to Excel and Word files, had this ‘padlock’ annotation against them. NEVER seen that before. Plus, I had never locked or ‘finalized’ these or any other files.
Slight panic. Opened them. Opened fine. Edited them. Did not stop me from making changes. Could even re-save. Checked ‘properties,’ including the security settings. Nothing about it being locked. made copies. The icons for the copies do not contain the padlock.
Copied the whole folder to a USB key. Icons on the USB key do not contain the padlock.
Copied the folder from the USB key to my XP machine. Looked at the folder. No padlock. Can edit the files fine on XP also.
So this appears to be a Windows 7 BUG. The fact that it appeared on my first few files, and didn’t differentiate between Word and Excel, kind of gave me a clue.
I reported it to Microsoft. I gather I am entitled to free, 1 business day email support. Lets wait and see.
I Googled it. Can’t find anything similar. It appears that if it was truly locked the padlock would be on the right!
So rather the strange. Checked a few of my other folders. Nothing. I have a copy of the same folder on my D-drive. Nothing there either.
So I am chalking this up as ANOTHER Windows 7 bug. Not sure what triggered it. Maybe I should do a restart. I will keep you posted.