"Read Only" will not go away

EN X5, Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise SP0 - 64 bit. I have not updated from an earlier version.

I cannot remove the “read only” attribute from my data folder. I’ve read a couple of the other, similar posts on this topic but they haven’t helped. My folders are in their default locations. I go to the data folder, click “Properties,” and the “read only” box is filled in, not checked. I clear the box, select “Apply,” receive the query about unsetting Read Only for the subfolders, I select OK for that, then OK on the Properties dialog. But the filled-in Read Only box remains.

Someone have any insights about this? Thanks.

It is normal to see a dimmed grey check box in the Read-Only Permissions of the .Data folder. As long as the .enl file is not marked as Read-Only, the library should open normally. If the library were truly Read-Only, you would receive a message that the library was locked or on a Locked volume when opening it. Let us know if you are having any issues opening the library.

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Thanks — I do in fact receive such a message when I attempt to save changes: “Service error — database is read only”

Are you trying to keep your library in the Endnote folder in the program folder location?  That is write only from programs. 

I believe I’ve found the problem. I was attempting to open and save changes in a library entitled “Bacterial Physiology —Saved” not “My EndNote Library.” I should merge those “Bacterial Physiology” entries into “My EndNote Library” and delete “Bacterial Physiology” altogether, correct? What’s the easiest way to do that?

You can call the library anything you want to, – and as long as you haven’t customized the library (journal terms list, or “groups” for example) you can copy items from one to the other and copying things from one library to another should bring along the PDFs for example in the new location.

You must remember that every endnote library also has a associated .DATA folder and the contents of that are essential, so they have to be moved together or the library compressed to an .enlx packed up version.    So you can move the .enl and associated .DATA folder to a folder you have write access to, or pack up a copy and open in a folder you have write access to.

Alternatively, you can use Endnote to copy the library from its present location to a new location (where you will by definition have write access, and that would retain the journal terms list, group association, etc. 

Thanks as always, Leanne — I’m glad you’re around.