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Microsoft Office document locked by another user

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Applies to

  • ONTAP 9
  • Data ONTAP 8 7-mode
  • Microsoft Office


  • Error reported when attempting to open a Microsoft Office document  that it is in use by 'another user'.
  • This behavior seems to be most common with Microsoft Excel.
  • Variations of the error may include but are not limited to
    • "This file is locked for editing"
    • Microsoft Office document (ie, Excel or Word file) <filename> is locked for editing by 'Microsoft Office User'
    • <filename> is locked for editing by 'another user'.
    • <filename> is locked for editing by 'username'.
    • "This file is locked for editing by <username> 


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