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John R. Sowden wrote:
More data:
At the OS level: User: R/W, Group: R/W, Others: RO
Opened the file. went to file/properties/security: RO checked, grayed out.
Used the Edit Icon, made a change, the change was allowed, I was able to
save using the 'Save' command, exited LO, confirmed no RO changes at the
OS level, opened the file, the changes had been saved to the original file.

I can now change the original file using the Edit Icon, but I cannot
remove the RO selection once it it made.

The following sequence works for me (LO 4.0.4 and 4.3.0 in Windows) with a file saved with "Open file read-only" set:
- Open the file.
- Click the icon to switch to edit mode.
- File > Properties > Security > untick "Open file read-only" (which can be modified, now that you're in edit mode). - Save the file (which can be done, now that it's not set to open read-only).

As others have mentioned, OS / file system permissions are separate, so you still won't be able to save over the original file if those permissions don't allow it. From your description above, it doesn't look like that should be a problem though (assuming your user account is either the owner of the file, or in the file's group).

Above was a test that I either did not perform, or documented wrong.
We're gettin' close.

Maybe all the right steps but not quite in the right order. Double-check the OS file permissions and owner, particularly if you've been changing them in the course of finding a solution; the settings you show above look fine to me, so not expecting a problem there. Or maybe it works differently on Linux than Windows (which may be by design or may be a bug).

By the way there were 'reset' and 'apply user changes' buttons/boxes
selections in the properties selection, but they had no effect.

Reset returns the options to how they were when you opened the dialog, the same effect as clicking "Cancel" and then re-opening it. So, for example, in a new document:
- Open File > Properties; "Open file read-only" is not ticked.
- Tick "Open file read-only", but don't close the dialog.
- Click "Reset"; "Open file read-only" returns to unticked.
- Tick "Open file read-only" and click OK.
- Open File > Properties; "Open file read-only" is ticked.
- Untick "Open file read-only", but don't close the dialog.
- Click "Reset"; it will return to ticked.


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