Excel Lock Files

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Excel Lock Files ( " … is locked for editing by …" message)

Excel Lock files begin with a "~" and then the filename of the XLS (X) file.

For instance ~$filename.xlsx

The general advice is to delete the lock file.

  • The lock file is a hidden file.
  • The lock file may be found in a Shared Folder.
Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management.
  • Windows Server 2012
Start > Control Panel > System and Security > Administrative Tools > Computer Management