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Old 02-22-2009, 07:23 AM
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I am unable to edit my word/excel documents as i am getting the message-"selection is locked".the entire document is locked-what should i do to unlock it??

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Old 05-20-2009, 10:58 AM
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I have the same problem. Doesn't anyone know how to unlock a document? And any idea how it became locked in the first place?
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Old 05-20-2009, 12:07 PM
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Sometimes if Word is interrupted it causes a failed write to a file - if this happens, then the temp file properties get stuck and it isn't deleted; this can cause it to list the file as 'active'. This causes Word to see the file as 'already open' and so means it won't allow you to open a second document in case changes have been made to the first one!

Close the document and Word and then go to the folder where the document is saved - see if there are any temp files there (make sure you change the view to allow the viewing of hidden files [Tools > Folder Options > Show hidden files and folders]). If yes - delete them, then try to open the document again.

Let me know if this works.
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