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Excel Lock Files

Resolution for Excel’s " … is locked for editing by …" or "locked for editing, open as read only" messages

Excel Lock Files

Excel Lock files begin with a "~" and then the filename of the XLS (X) file.

For instance ~$filename.xlsx

The general advice is to delete the lock file.

See also: "locked for editing, open as read only"

  • The lock file is a hidden file.

  • The lock file may be found in a Shared Folder.
    In Windows:

    • Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management.

    • Start > Control Panel > System and Security > Administrative Tools > Computer Management

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