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How to find who is locking a file on a network share

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Every now and again, a user will call in to find out who has a file open from a network share, effectively locking everyone else out from making edits to that file. Here’s how:

  1. Assuming the file is on a remote server, log in to the remote serverAssuming the file is on a remote server, log in to the remote server
  2. Right-click the computer icon, and select “Manage computer”
  3. Click “Shared folders”
  4. Choose “Open files”

From there, simply find the file in question. You do this by right-clicking the file, and selecting “Close Open File”.

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