If your file opened in Microsoft Office as 'Read-only', and you're not sure why, this article can help you remedy that situation. This wikiHow teaches you how to remove the "Read Only" editing lock from a Microsoft Word document. While it's impossible to remove the. They can send you a guest link or have you sign in with your Microsoft account to access the document. If you can only open the document in a read-only mode. Make an opening Word document read only by Restrict Editing feature (2) If Microsoft Word warning dialog box pops out as below screenshot shown, please . Open a file as read only with the main menu. Click on File -> Open Select the Word file; Click on the arrow on the "Open" button; Click on "Open as read. Make a Word document read-only by restricting editing and formatting. We also can make the Word document read only to avoid making any mainly takes Microsoft Word as example, it also applies to Word , as the steps .