In a typical workflow, files are opened in edit mode. This way, any part of the article can be changed and because the file is locked, other users are prevented from making changes to the file until it is checked-in again.
Having a file opened for editing while not planning to make any changes can be risky because it is easily possible to make unwanted changes, and other users are possibly held up from making their changes.
Opening a file to only view it can therefore best be done in read-only mode. In this state, the file cannot be edited and it is not locked so other users are still able to open it for editing.
To open a file as read-only, right-click it and from the menu choose 'Open as read-only'.
Take note of the following restrictions:
- Print articles: When the Desktop app is configured to open Print articles in Studio, the 'Open as read-only' option is not available in the context menu. Print articles can then only be opened as read-only when another user is already editing the article.
- Multiple files selected: When multiple files are selected, only those files that can be opened as read-only are opened in that state.
- Unsupported file types: The following types of files cannot be opened as read-only:
- Advert templates
- Dossiers templates
- Article templates
- Layout templates
- Layout Modules
- Layout Module templates
- Library files
1 Only when the Desktop app is running; when the Desktop is not running, layouts cannot be opened as read-only.