I'm rather inexperienced with Microstation, so I'm hoping there's some simple fix to this that I just don't have the experience to look for.
I have a file that is not allowing me to do some functions, but then, every now & then, it will let me copy perhaps, even though it still won't let me use the 'move' command. The parent file has reference files that reference this particular element from another file. I believe I have chased it to its origin file, but even though the checkbox for 'Read-Only' status is not checked, it still will not allow me to edit this element, even in its original file.
Is there possibly another 'Read-Only' checkbox that might need to be turned off? sometimes it doesn't say it's read-only, it just won't do what I ask it to; is there a similar locking feature that might be turned on?
Reading the description of your query it does seem like you actually have the correct design file open to edit rather than trying to perform these operation on referenced elements.
There are various things that could make these operations difficult. The main one, which you have possibly already looked at, is that the file is set to Read Only. This can be reset in the file properties from Windows Explorer if required.
Another option could be that the Level is locked that this elements is sitting on. If you open the Level Manager ensuring that the Lock column is displaying, you may see a lock symbol next to this level name.
Lastly, it may be that the actual element has been locked individually. If you select an element that you are having a problem working with and click on the Element Information icon you should see information like what is listed below. You will see a Locked item where you can modify this property so the elements is either Unlocked or Locked.
If you have any further questions do not hesitate in adding to this discussion. It may be helpful if you could supply the design file you are having issues with so we can investigate whether there may be other issues that have not bee identified.
Regards Andrew Bell
There are 2 additional items to Andrews that it could be:
If the element is in a referenced file. Items in a referenced file are locked from changes. They can be copied but not moved, deleted, etc. (unless in special situations).
There is a Lock called Level Lock that will lock changes to only your active level. Only elements on your active level can be changed. The lock can be found in the pull-down (Settings > Locks >Level). Just turn it Off. It is a switch that can be saved using Save (file) Settings.
Just wanted to be helpful.
I Hope This Helps Someone Reading This! (Intergraph>PseudoStation>MicroStation user since 1980's)
Landon Harris said: it's still showing up in the file that references it
Use the Refresh option in the References dialog to update the attachment. More likely, by the time you've read this you will have finished one MicroStation session and started a new one, in which case the attachement will have been reloaded.
Regards, Jon Summers LA Solutions