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Locked by another user

Current versions of Word let you edit collaboratively with another user. However there are times when you'll get a "locked by another user" error. There are several causes, such as someone (including you) checking out a document on SharePoint rather than just opening it, using an earlier version of Word, or having a crash while you have a document open.

If the other user is you:

  • Close the documents on the other device where you have it open.

  • You can edit a copy and then "Save as" and overwrite the original file.

  • If the document is locked due to an earlier crash, try rebooting your computer to clear it.

If the other user is really someone else:

To avoid these issues later, see Collaborate in Word.

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