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By rgrowcock ·
I have one user that has a locked Word file that she used to be able to access. The OS is NT 4.0 and using Office 2000.
When she tries to open the file, Windows states that the file is locked and only available as read only, even though it is not opened and no shares have been created. We had to open a read only file and rename it to be able to access this file. That is a short-term fix, but doesn't explain the problem.
If she tries to delete the file, she gets a sharing violation and will not allow her to delete it. The path to the file is: WINNT\Profiles\Her Username\Application Data\Microsoft\Office\Recent\filename.
If anyone has any ideas, other than it is a Microsoft product, I would appreciate it. Thanks. Roger(r.growcock@kadasystems.com)

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by Steve Barrow In reply to Locked file

A couple of thing to check:
1. Have the properties of the file changed to read only? (Right click file name and look at the check box)

2. Does the user have NT permissions to access the file and make the required changes? Check the folder that it resides in for sharing/permissions.

Hope this helps

Steve,

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by rgrowcock In reply to Locked file

Thanks for the thoughts, but I have checked out both and permissions are fine. Any more thoughts will be appreciated. Roger

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by asep_hendriana In reply to Locked file

When Windows NT/Office crashed while you are opening a MS Office file, there will be a 'control' file left on the same folder with the file you open. The name of the file is the same with the name of the MS Office file, except the first two characters is replace with $~.
If you re-open the file after the crasher, usually the file becomes a Read-Only file. To solve the problem, try these steps:
- Delete the control file (filename starting with ~$...) before opening the MS Office file.
- If the problem still happened, create new folder, move the file to the folder and open directly from Explorer by double-clicking the file.

Hope this will work

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by rgrowcock In reply to Locked file

Tried that, but it didn't work either. A second user has come down with the same problem, but after playing around I was able to delete the offending file. I don't feel that it is a virus causing the problems, because I update weekly and scan daily. But that doesn't mean anything. Thanks for your thoughts

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by dcAdmin In reply to Locked file

Go to the start menu and run. type winfile, this opens a utility to see properties of files, (in winfile) go to the path of the file, select it, go to the file menu and choose properties(alt + enter). Click on the button that says "open by" this will tell you who has locks on the file, from there you should be able to close the lock (you may need to be an administrator).
Let me know if that doesn't work(I have had the same problem a couple times)

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