I've made some adjustments to the library we are using, but now users can't direct edit the items in the desktop. However, I can.

They see the following:

  • Green locks on every document
  • When they open a document its in read-only mode
  • When they try to upload a new document they are asked for administrator rights.

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How do I fix this? So that every user is able again to edit and upload documents on the fly.

Thank you.

  • Have you found a solution for this problem? Kind regards,
    – Talman
    Commented Mar 10, 2017 at 13:20
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    Yes. Disable version control, and disable check-out.
    – Bas
    Commented Mar 13, 2017 at 8:12

2 Answers 2


I wanted to retain versioning, so i turned version control off, restarted the app, synced a couple of files (green padlock disappeared), enabled version control again, restarted the app, now working fine - no green padlock and files not read only.

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    Should have mentioned that check-out was always disabled also.
    – Jim
    Commented Aug 14, 2017 at 19:41

I thought I'd just add my 2c here for anyone else. I had this issue and dug through my document library, removing all kinds of custom content types and columns etc. to no avail. What fixed it for me was:

  1. Open the document library in Sharepoint Editor

  2. Click Edit List columns

Edit List Columns

  1. Delete all custom columns

I added a bunch of custom columns thinking they might be useful... but they were never populated or used. Offline syncing is so much more useful.

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