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Only let 1 user open file to edit.

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Hi,

We have Windows 2003 server.  Have set up a shared folder on the network and specific users have mapped netowkr drives to it.  There is documents in this drive which many users will open and edit and save again.  
How can i stop the file being opened by multiple users at the same time and making changes and saving as obviously if this is the case someones changes will be lost.

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With a few exceptions, most files are locked when one user opens the file. For example if one user opens an Excel file, when another user opens the file, they will receive message the the file is in use and has been locked, and the file will be opened in read only mode. Some other file types will simple cause an accessed denied message. Having said that, some applications such as Excel do offer a true shared file access mode for allowing multiple users to access files simultaneously, but this is not the norm.
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You will need to use NTFS permissions, assuming  you have formatted with NTFS, if not, then you will have to use some other method.

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Thanks harris9999,
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