We use Outlook here at work (hey, stop snickering!) and I’ve noticed that it tends to save most of my incoming attachments as read-only files. I couldn’t figure out why it was doing this and it was mostly getting in the way of my workflow — for instance, a coworker might send me a proposal to work on, but I’d first have to change the file attributes before editing it.
Well, I came across the answer: Outlook is apparently doing that intentionally and it can’t be turned off:
- If you open an e-mail message attachment in the reading pane in Microsoft Office Outlook 2003, the attachment opens as read-only.
- This behavior occurs because the attachment handling function changed in Outlook 2003 to avoid data loss.
- To work around this behavior, do not open the attachment in the reading pane. Instead, double-click the e-mail message, and then open the attachment.
This reminds me of the old doctor-doctor joke:
Patient: Doctor, doctor,
it hurts when I move my elbow like thisOutlook sets my files as read-only when I save them from the reading pane.
Doctor: Then don’t do that.
Thanks for nothing, Outlook!