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Why does pages lock documents?

1467 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Jul 9, 2012 7:04 PM by Jerrold Green1 RSS
katfromla Calculating status...
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Apr 2, 2012 7:06 PM

More importantly, can I turn off this "feature"?  I know how to unlock a document that numbers has decided to lock because I haven't editted it in a while, but I would just like to keep it from locking the doc in the first place.

Thanks!

Kat

  • Barbara Brundage Level 7 Level 7 (22,075 points)
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    Apr 2, 2012 7:24 PM (in response to katfromla)

    It's part of lion's autosave/versioning scheme:

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4753

     

    As far as I know there's no way to avoid it, but if you follow the directions in the kbase you can set the time as high as one year before a document gets locked.

     

    If you don't like it (I don't either), be sure to send feedback to apple.

  • Jerrold Green1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,135 points)
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    Apr 3, 2012 6:13 AM (in response to katfromla)

    Kat,

     

    I think the idea is that if a document hasn't been opened for some period of time, you may want to consider if you really want to edit that version, or if you should begin with a Duplicate of the document and go from there. This could prevent accidental loss or change of data on a file that's only used for occasional reference.

     

    Jerry

  • HacksawSA Calculating status...
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    Jul 7, 2012 1:03 PM (in response to Jerrold Green1)

    If the file is automatically versioned (i.e. automatically duplicated), this is a silly feature. I can just go back to the version I want. All this feature does is put an obstacle between my spark of inspiration and getting it on the page.

  • HacksawSA Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Jul 7, 2012 1:05 PM (in response to HacksawSA)

    Fortunately, one can just turn it off, in that same place, by unchecking it. All good now.

  • Jerrold Green1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,135 points)
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    Jul 9, 2012 7:04 PM (in response to HacksawSA)

    HacksawSA wrote:

     

    If the file is automatically versioned (i.e. automatically duplicated), this is a silly feature. I can just go back to the version I want. All this feature does is put an obstacle between my spark of inspiration and getting it on the page.

    Versions and Duplicates aren't the same. A Duplicate rolls up all the version data into a new unversioned document. There may be times where this is an advantage, but of course you are the best judge of that.

     

    Jerry

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