Read Only (Padlock Icon) files - OFDB 17.3.6743.1212

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I am currently using the ODFB preview client 17.3.6743.1212 to sync a single group and a single SharePoint online document library.  The Office 365 group library is working as expected but all the documents stored in the SharePoint library have a green padlock.  When I open any of the documents, I am informed that this is an offline copy and the document is read only.

Has anybody else experienced the same behaviour?  I assume if I deleted and re-synced it might solve the problem, but that’s not a viable solution after the sync tool has been deployed to many users.


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The answer is here. It has been working for me for quite a while. The only addition is that you have to change the value in both of the areas if regedit in my screen shot. Go back to Groove.exe.



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Not to mention, this method doesn't ever work, you also have to set SPOTeamSiteRestrictions to 0 as well. Now I was FINALLY able to sync using the old client.



Thanks. This work for me.

Site Settings -> Site Libraries and Lists -> Customize "Documents" -> Versioning settings

In Require Check Out 
Require documents to be checked out before they can be edited?
Select: NO and Save. Immediately, the notification area display a message "Now, you can edit XXX library documents"


This great.

Can you please clarify where you navigate to Site Configuration?  In SharePoint Online if I select the settings cog I only see Site Settings (not Site Configuration) and don't have the same subsequent options you mention.

Hi @Skye Forster 

Site Settings -> Site Libraries and Lists -> Customize "Documents" -> Versioning settings

In Require Check Out 
Require documents to be checked out before they can be edited?
Select: NO




Good luck 

This didn't work for me, it immediately turned a Sharepoint library into read only via sync

In my case this was the solution:

In SharePoint library settings 'Advanced settings'

Set 'Allow Management of Contenttypes' to 'no'.

Now the Required fields were visible in the library settings and I could uncheck them field by field.

I just got off the phone with Microsoft support. They gave a link that describes the issues discussed here in the hyperlink below. Sure enough, it's by design.


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