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“File in Use [File Name] is locked for editing by ‘[User ID]’. Open Read-Only’ or click ‘Notify’…” – Windows Error Message

Summary

This Error Message Article explains the Windows error message “File in Use [File Name] is locked for editing by ‘[User ID]’. Open Read-Only’ or click ‘Notify’ to open read-only and receive notification when the document is no longer in use.” and details how to fix the underlying problem that caused it to appear.

Explanation

When someone accesses a file, Windows locks it to prevent other users from making changes to it. When the person is done and closes the file, Windows releases it (i.e. unlocks it). Sometimes Windows keeps the session open even if the user is no longer there. When that happens, the file remains locked.

Solution

Go to the computer that hosts the file, and go to the Control Panel. Search for Administrative Tools, and navigate to Open Files:

Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Administrative Tools > 

Computer Management > System Tools > Shared Folders > Open Files

Right click on the file and select Close Open File.

Additional Comments

https://www.howtogeek.com/school/windows-network-sharing/lesson10/all/

Updated on August 29, 2017

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