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Can't edit or delete my AI CS files. I have CS (ver. 1) installed on my Vista OS PC. The program works fine, but when I reopen some of my files to edit them, upon saving I get a message that says 'Can't save because file is read-only or open in another application'. But it isn't. My temporary workaround is just to save the file with a new name, but when I try to delete the original I get the same message, even when trying to delete directly from Documents folder with Illustrator closed. In the Documents folder I notice that the problem files have 'AI CS' written on their icons, while the other files (which have no problems) don't. I can't see how I have done anything differently in saving them, but there is some difference. What can I do to solve this problem?

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  • todd99jp Jul 24, 2009

    I checked the properties box and the 'read only' box is NOT checked. I can't find any difference between the files tagged 'AI CS' and those that just have the generic Illustrator icon. Thanks for the suggestion, though, and if you have any others please let me know. This problem is vexing me.


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Right click on the file then click on the properties menu item.

When the file properties page opens, check to see if there is a check mark beside the read only box at the bottom of the page.

If so, clear the check mark and apply your new settings.

Please report your findings so we can be of further assistance if necessary.

Posted on Jul 24, 2009

  • Cliff Hunter Jul 24, 2009

    Right click on the file again and select properties.

    This time click on the security tab, look for your user id under "group or user names" click on it to highlight your id and check to see if the permissions listed all have a check mark beside them. Special permissions probably will not be checked.

    Let me know what permissions you have.


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I had the same problem and fixed mine by right clicking on the file, going to properties and found that the archive box was checked.

Simply unchecked it and could now edit the CS file

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