You need to open the file with a full access password. From your description, it sounds like File Options have been set to open the file with an automatically opened password.
- Launch the file while holding down the shift key--this overrides the auto-entered accountname/password.
- You should see a log in dialog pop up.
- Enter a full access password and now you should be able to change the settings for passwords, file options and file sharing as you need.
If you don't know a full access account name and password, you've got a major problem.
We do have the full access account password. It's not with an automatically opened password.
Then you should not encounter the disabled/missing features you are seeing--which are typical indicators of an auto-entered password.
You may need to see what you get if you run a recover on your file. You might also try putting the file on a different machine if you have one available and opening it there. If you can get to these features on one machine and not the other, then there is an issue with the install of FileMaker on that computer or possibly some user account settings on that machine are limiting you to Read Only access.
Best practice is to never use a recovered file. If the file was damaged, replace it with an undamaged backup copy if at all possible.
Okay, so what I did was that I recovered all of the database files and still nothing happened.
The databases before were on a shared folder between the two computers, and I thought that possibly might be the reason why it could not be edited. Still didn't work.
I put these new recovered databases into the shared and opened them on the other computer. Still couldn't get the privileges.
There's just one thing, two of my three databases when I put it on sharing, I am unable to edit it but if I put the sharing on it says that it is sharing on the network. How can the other computer access the file through the network?
One of my three databases I cannot change but I am unable to share it on the network, that's why I want access to the privileges so I can make it shared.
Filemaker files used by more than one user should not be put in a shared directory. If two users attempt to directly open the file at the same time, the files can be damaged. Recover fixes many issues but isn't perfect so we can't rule out file corruption if you've been sharing the database in this fashion.
If the file is in a directory that doesn't give you "write" permission, the file will open as read only, (you should see a message to that effect appear). You might try putting the file on your desktop and trying to open it to see if it behaves differently.
To share files between two or more users, launch filemaker on the machine where the file is stored and open the file. Other users then use Open Remote from the file menu to find and open this hosted file.
Would the database files on the original computer become corrupted as well?
They shouldn't--unless the file corruption occurred under different circumstances. Not much more I can suggest without physically examining the files in question.
Okay, thank you for all of your help.