Word Doc “is reserved by”

The project that I am working on right now is using Microsoft SharePoint.  It has some convenient features, but I absolutely hate how it does change control for documents.  Maybe I just don’t know how to use it.  Anyway, a common problem we are having is documents are staying “Reserved By” people who have left the project, and our only option is to open them as Read Only.  If those documents are then saved using SAVE AS… so we can create a new version, the save as is password protected too.  Highly annoying.

Here is the solution (I apologize for losing the source of this tip – I will add it and pictures when I can)

  • Go to File > Save As…
  • On the top right of the window, there will be a Tools option.  Click this, and choose Security Options…
  • Delete the password and uncheck the Read-only recommended checkbox
  • Save the document

You do still have to Save As… the document, but you can always rename the document once the password is removed

12 thoughts on “Word Doc “is reserved by””

  1. Neal says:

    OMG thank you!! I’ve been struggling with files that I’ve shared with colleagues by email that they password-protected and needed to be un-protected for a while. In Office 2007 the Tools box is now in the bottom right (beside the “Save” button) and the setting is called “General Options…” but the process is the same. This just saved me a lot of hassle … thanks again! 🙂

  2. Walter Fokkens says:

    Worked like a dream. (In my version of Word -2007-) the ‘tool button’ was on the bottom, next to the ‘save’ button.
    Thank you!

  3. Rizza M says:

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! Have been trying to find this forever in MS WORD 2010!

  4. Allan says:

    Thank you!!!!!

  5. Vincent Vancalbergh says:

    Still works in Word 2013 !
    Thanks again !

  6. Greg says:

    My only criticism is that I was too lazy to find this page two years ago–I could have saved my team hours of aggravation. Thank you!

  7. Tinker says:

    Thank you so much! Lifesaver! 😀

  8. Frank says:

    Thank you. Almost worked. In my version of Word (2007) it is under Save As, Tools (bottom-right), GENERAL OPTIONS

    But thanks anyway, as this got me looking in the right area

  9. Nick says:

    Security Options does not appear in Word 2013 (that I could find), so this was unhelpful for me.

  10. Paul says:

    Same as everyone else, GREAT, this has caused real aggro for ages. Thank you!

  11. Courtney says:

    Thank you so much!!!! Glad I finally found this!! Nothing else on the internet had worked!!

  12. Mark Herman says:

    Not all heroes wear capes. You, Sir, are a hero. I have been fighting this issue with former employees for way to long. Finally a fix!

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