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Posted on 2011-02-16
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Im trying to delete a few SharePoint folders and Im not able to do so. I can delete the files underneath them but when trying to delete the folder I get the following error message:

"The file is currently checked out or locked for editing by another user."

There is no other user editing the folders.
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if this is WSS 3.0, have you applied SP 2?
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/827930/

if that doesn't work...
perhaps try this to get the name of the file that sharepoint thinks is checked out by changing the View to include the Checked Out To column.

or try deleting in Explorer View.
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Everything is updated.   You dont see the file in Explorer view.
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You can over ride/discard the check out in order to delete the folder, but only if you have Design permissions or higher.
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SOLVED: I found the answer to my question.  

There were files deleted from the site however they were still checked out by a user before deletion which basically made these files HIDDEN.  I was able take ownership of this files and then check them back in and then I should be able to delete the folder.
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How can I take ownership or check-in a file that currently resides in the folder but checked out by someone else?
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Hover on the file name, right mouse click and one of your options should be to discard check out.  
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Yeah I noticed that but I didnt want to discard whatever changes may have been done to it though.
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Then I think you'll have to contact the person who has it checked out and request they upload the latest version.
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Yep, that will be difficult. The user doesnt exist anymore which is weird that it still indicates it is checked out by that person.  Thanks!
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guess they left before they checked it back in! In which case, you really dont have any option but to discard the check out.....good luck!
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How should I dish out points?
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That's entirely your choice, -CyberIT!!
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Try deleting with sharepoint designer.
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My solution was the answer to the original question.
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