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magusbuckley

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Hello:

A lady here at work is trying to open an excel document from our 03 server and is receiving a message that the file is locked for editing...BY HER! Strange. She doesn't actually have the document open. I was able to create a copy of the file, but the file name is "Copy of ....". I need to get rid of the other file but I can't delete it since the server thinks the file is still in use.

Is there any way to take back control of a file like this?

She's had this problem once before and I don't remember what we did to fix the problem. Someone here suggested that we reboot the file server. We can do that, if need be, but it won't get done until this afternoon when all of our office workers have gone home for the day.

Any and all information will be grealy appreciated.

Thanks,

Magus
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Kniht

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Try a program called "Unlocker". It may or may not work for you but worth a try (freeware)

Here: http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/


Also, take ownership of a file: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421
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magusbuckley

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Kniht:

I downloaded the program, but before I ran it, I decided I'd make sure I still couldn't get into the file. As it turns out, I was able to open the file this time. I called the lady back and she had no idea. She had been working from the copy all day. Now, we'll get that taken care of.

As I mentioned before though, this happened to the same lady more than once. I'm going to hang on to this program and I'll sure give it a try the next time we have problems.

Thanks,

Magus
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Major Payne

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Hi:

The one you were referring to before where you had similar problem is at:

http://www.geekstogo...ly-t158900.html

Hope all's well with you and family.

Ron
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magnus....next time this happens ...log on to the server...right click "my computer' and choose manage, then open the "shared folders" section to the left then "open files"...does it show the file that's saying it's locked? if id does...right click it and choose to close the open file

there's a chance that she closed excell with that file open...but excell didn't really close...so also check the processes tab in task manager for excell.exe...if excell is showing up in process manager but she doesn't have it open...then the process never ended and might still have the file locked
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