Solved Excel files on Mac automatically locked?

Microsoft Excel for mac 2011 - macintosh
September 2, 2011 at 09:54:52
Specs: Macintosh 10.6.8
I recently upgraded my old PC to a Mac and since the beginning I've been having this frustrating problem with Excel. Every time I need to open a file I get a warning message that the file is locked for editing (by me... I never did that!) and that I can only open a read-only version. I've tried saving the file under another name, creating a new file and copying over all the information and nothing seems to work. According to the Excel help files I should be able to unlock the file by providing the password, but since I never locked it, I have no idea what this password should be.
I'm hoping someone can help me solve this. I'd love to be able to change the settings so that this locking doesn't happen automatically, but I can't find how to do so. (I have no choice in using Excel, since all the company files are Windows Office.)


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September 2, 2011 at 15:54:39
If it's a new Mac and a valid copy of Excel, you should be able to get some help from either Apple or Microsoft, under warranty.

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September 2, 2011 at 16:53:09
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September 6, 2011 at 09:40:49
This worked! Thank you so much!

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