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Avoiding modifications when opening items

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Avoiding modifications when opening items Oren He 6/21/12 1:40 AM
In most cases, I open documents for viewing, with no intention to make modifications. Yet it's too easy to make small changes while viewing. E.g. some people tend to select text while reading, or use the keyboard, little slips may happen here and there. There is an additional sub-problem, beyond the obvious problem of unwanted doc modifications: even when one fixes his mistaken modification, or just added unnoticed space/enter/backspace, this makes the change history (alt+ctrl+g) dirty with irrelevant stuff, rendering this important tool not so useful.

I wish there was a way to open documents as read-only by default, with a clear "edit" button for switching to read+write mode.

This problem gets more significant with shared documents, for which I do have an edit access.

Is there any way to achieve that? Googlers, any chance to add that feature?

10x

Oren
Re: Avoiding modifications when opening items Gill 6/21/12 10:11 AM
<< I wish there was a way to open documents as read-only by default, with a clear "edit" button for switching to read+write mode.>> Interesting idea. Sounds like a good idea to me,.