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My product is a Canon PowerShot 130 IS

Most pictures I've taken are PROTECTED. How can I unPROTECTIVE them?

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SOURCE: how to unprotect the memory card

If I understand correctly what your asking what is the brand and size of the memory card. If I were to take a stab at it right now I would assume there is a lock/unlock switch on the card. Have you had this problem with the card before?
Good luck,

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SOURCE: how to unprotect the memory card

the problem isnt with your camera, its your memory card, and it isnt a problem at all. simple solution- take out your memory card, and on the side there is a tiny switch. all you gotta do is flip the switch. quick and easy. hope that helps anyone.

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SOURCE: my card says: card write protected & won't let me take pic's

SD and SDHC cards have a slide switch along one edge. The position farthest from the contacts locks the card, protecting it from writes. The position nearest the contacts unlocks the card. If the switch is already in the proper position, slide it fully the other way and then back again.

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SOURCE: All the pictures taken outside or in lighted area

Go into the menu and find "reset"...follow the on-screen instructions.

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SOURCE: i accidentally protected a picture

There are 2 ways to do it. Firstly you can format the card - this will delete all images, including protected ones. Second method is to display the image in full frame view mode (or highlight it in thumbnail view) and then press the AE-L /AF-L button. This will remove the protection - or protect an unprotected image.
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How to delete protected images

If you want to delete everything on the card, the easiest way is to format the card. This will wipe out all images (and any other data as well) on the card, whether protected or not. The Format command is in the Setup menu. Details on page 32 of the manual.
To delete individual protected pictures, unprotect them first. From the Playback menu select Protect/Unprotect (the key icon). Details on page 84.

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The instructions for protecting/unprotecting images are in the "Protecting images" section of the manual (page 98 in my copy).

The best way to delete all photos on a memory card is to format the memory card. This should be done each time you finish transferring your pictures to a computer, as FixYa is full of people asking how to retrieve pictures from cards that haven't been recently formatted. Refer to the "Formatting Memory Cards" section of the manual (page 22 in my copy).

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I'm glad to provide the instructions to cancel protection applied to the images. Please read the below instruction carefully to get the steps to unprotect an images.

Thanks for understanding. Please let me know if you require further assistance.

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