I can't get the program to allow me to save. I keep getting a message that I have locked out this feature

I or my wife have done something to put the program in this mode. Even when I open a new document the feature continues. The answer may be simple but I can’t find it and am very frustrated.

Hello @RegoPark1947

Could you please copy the exact wording of the error message ? Please, provide also your operating system and the LO version. This would help guiding you to the saving of your text.

Do you experience the same issue while trying to copy another type of document in the same directory ? Try by copying temporarily any document. If so, this directory is write-protected or you do not have the proper access rights to write in it. Then it is an operating system issue, not a LO issue.

Kind regards, Michel

It is probably an anti-ransomware setting somewhere


You probably need to give LibreOffice full disk access from System Preferences > Security & Privacy. See this site on how to do it if you aren’t sure: Explained: What is Full Disk Access & Full Permissions on macOS Mojave .


If you don’t have a third party anti-virus have a look at this: Defender Controlled Folder Access

Turn Off Defender

Select Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Security > Virus & threat protection.
Under Virus & threat protection settings, select Manage settings.
Under Controlled folder access, select Manage Controlled folder access.
Switch the Controlled folder access setting from On to Off.

If you do have a third party anti-virus go into settings and then look for something like anti-ransomware or folder protection. Have a look at the blocked apps list, if you see soffice.bin in there change it to Allowed (you might have to read AV help if not obvious). Otherwise go to the Allowed Apps setting and allow soffice.bin, this might not be easy so you might have to add the different LibreOffice executables (Calc, Writer, etc.) to the Allowed list. Note that 3rd party anti-virus might make files Read Only so you can create a new file but you can’t save it subsequently. Sometimes, you might need to reboot after allowing a program access.

Cheers, Al