Excel 2007 read-only issue

Hi all!

We are using Confluence 4.2.7, and Excel 2007. Opening an Excel-sheet results in an error message saying the file is opened as read-only.

Any suggestions or possible workaround?

Much appreciated.


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Hi Iakov,

I would kindly ask you to right-click on your (.xls) or (.xlsx) file and check if the same is marked as read-only. If so, uncheck this option.


If you are running Windows, please do the following command on your terminal as Administrator:


<PATH>/<TO>/<FILE>, correspond to where your file is located (e.g.: C:\temp\file.xls)
Edit permission and kept old permission as it is i.e. edit ACL instead of replacing it.
/p, Set new permission
{USERNAME}, please add your User (e.g.: C:\Users\Iakov)
{PERMISSION}, permission can be:

  • R - Read
  • W - Write
  • C - Change (write)
  • F - Full control

Further information can be found on http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb490872.aspx

If you are running Linux/Mac OS, please do the following:

sudo chmod {USER}+{PERMISSION} <PATH>/<TO>/<FILE>

{USER}, user(s) who will be granted:

  • u - User who owns the file
  • g - Group that owns the file
  • o - Other
  • a - All

{PERMISSION}, permission can be:

  • r - Read the file
  • w - Write or edit the file
  • x - Execute or run the file as a program

<PATH>/<TO>/<FILE>, correspond to where your file is located (e.g.: /var/temp/file.xls)

Kind regards,

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Timothy Chin Community Champion Apr 21, 2014

Are you facing this issue (https://jira.atlassian.com/browse/CONF-27106)?

Thanks Timothy, thanks Rafael.

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