Question by angel_kiss: Microsoft word is somehow locked on my computer. 🙁 Help me please?
It opens fine when i click it and on the bottom bar where it says “page 1 of 1″…etc… but as soon as i try to type anything this appears:
“This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked”
Does anyone know how i can “unlock” it or anyone can help me?
Answer by The Phlebob
That sounds like a trial version of Microsoft Office that was good for 25 uses or 60 days. At the end of that time it stops letting you edit your files or create new ones. You have to purchase Microsoft Office 2007, or at least Word 2007, to do that.
Note: The 25-character product key on the computer case or laptop bottom is NOT the key for MS Office. It’s only for the Windows operating system.
Here are some of your options:
First, if you’re a student, you may qualify for the Student edition of Office at a pretty good price ($ 59.95):
Second, if you’re interested in buying just Word, check out this URL, especially the second group of listings.
Note that the higher of the two prices quoted is for a full version of that program and the lower, for upgrades from existing software. Read the list of upgrade-qualifying software carefully: MS Works is often one, and may have come on your machine.
Finally, if you have files that are locked up in the new Word 2007 file format (.docx), here’s a possibility for salvaging them. Microsoft offers a free Compatibility pack that allows earlier versions of Word to read Word 2007 files. If you have access to an earlier version, this can at least give you back your documents. Some new features of Word 2007 will be lost or converted to straight text in the conversion to the earlier version.
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