Why are my documents locked?

Microsoft Office word 2007
March 7, 2010 at 07:27:29
Specs: Windows 7
All of my documents are locked and I cannot create a new one. I have tried copy + pasting my documents but that's not working either. I have not entered my product key yet...but I don't think that's why.....HELP!

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March 7, 2010 at 09:38:23
"All of my documents are locked and I cannot create a new one." What exactly does that mean? What happens when you open Word? Can you type in the document? What about when you try and open and existing word document? Do you get any errors? Did this ever work properly on this computer? If so, what happened prior to the problem starting?

Why haven't you entered the License key?

More information would be helpful.


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March 11, 2010 at 00:34:44
I assume you are talking about documents opened by Office

After the initial trial period, Office 2007 will not allow you to
modify any document, unless a Valid License Key was

The documents are still pretty much "unlocked" and can be
edited in any program capable of opening those formats...
Just not in Office 2007.

Taken from:

A Trial version allows you to evaluate the 2007 Office 
release for a limited amount of time, typically 60 days. To use 
the Trial version, you must activate the software the first time 
you run it. Otherwise, the Trial version runs in Reduced 
Functionality mode. In Reduced Functionality mode, your 
software behaves similarly to a viewer. You cannot save 
modifications to documents or create any new documents, 
and additional functionality might be reduced. No existing files 
or documents are harmed in Reduced Functionality mode. 
Full functionality returns when you activate the 

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