Updated: March 14, 2023
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by Ivy Davis
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Cannot open word documents on my Mac bk pro lap top as of yesterday

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Nice to meet you, *****!
Would you be so kind to tell me more about that issue?

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When I ask to open any word document it states I do not have access to it.


I see.
Let`s try to alter the permissions for the files on your MacBook.

  1. On your Mac, select a disk, folder, or file, then choose File > Get Info.
    If the information in Sharing & Permissions isn’t visible, click the arrow.
  2. Select a user or group in the Name column, then choose a privileged setting from the pop-up menu. Most convenient would be "Read and Write".

Please keep me posted.

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Can you try and open your file now?

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it opened do I have to do this with each file because none of the hundreds of files I have opened.?

Are those files grouped by folders by any chance?
Or maybe they are on one disk?

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some are and some are not.

If they are on one disk, please do the following:

  1. On your Mac, select a folder or disk, then choose File > Get Info.
  2. Click the Action pop-up menu at the bottom of the window, then choose “Apply to enclosed items.”
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I backed them up to a seagate drive yest
and they did

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Kindly follow the instructions I sent above and let me know if anything changes.

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did so on the folder and they all opened.

Got you!
Do you have access now?

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yes I do. thank you!

You are always welcome!
Is there anything else I can do for you today?

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I do very much appreciate your assistance.

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You are always welcome. Please feel free to contact us at any time. We'll be happy to help you. Have a nice one!

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