"The document is locked for editing by another user" error message when you try to open a document in Word
- Word previously quit improperly and, therefore, did not delete the owner file.
- A second instance of Word is running in the background with the document already open.
- The document is shared over a network, and another user has it open.
NOTE: Because there are several versions of Microsoft Windows, the following steps may be different on your computer. If they are, see your product documentation to complete these steps.
- Quit all instances of Word. To do so, follow these steps:
- Save all your work, and then quit all programs.
- Press CTRL+ALT+DELETE to open the Windows Security dialog box.
- Click Task Manager, and then click the Processes tab.
- Click Winword.exe, and then click End Process.
- In the Task Manager Warning dialog box, click Yes.
If you receive a message that states that the program is not responding, click End Now.
- Repeat steps d and e for each occurrence of Winword.exe.
- On the File menu, click Exit Task Manager.
- Start Windows Explorer, and then browse to the folder that contains the document file that you tried to open when you received the error message.
- Delete the owner file.
The owner file is located in the same folder as the document that you tried to open. The owner file name uses the following convention: It begins with a tilde (~), followed by a dollar sign ($), followed by the remainder of the document file name. The file name extension is .doc. For example, the owner file for Document.doc is named ~$cument.doc.
- Start Word. If Word asks you whether you want to load the changes that were made to the Global or Normal template, click No.
- Open your document.
Article ID: 313472 - Last Review: 01/07/2006 04:53:00 - Revision: 2.2
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