Had a real problem with documents in OpenOffice opening in Read Only mode. As per advice on loads of sites, I selected the section and went into the Format Menu and unchecked the “protected” checkbox
This, unfortunately had no effect, and the status bar still said the document was “read-only”.
This was driving me nuts until I found the following on Ubuntu Launchpad:
It turns out the error is due to the Table of Contents that I had earlier in the document – the read-only status of the TOC propagates to the rest of the document.
By going into the Insert-Index and tables and removing the check for “Protected Against Manual Changes”, then the document then becomes writeable!