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    Cannot Delete (Word 2003 SP2 / Windows XP Pro)

    From time to time I try to delete a file (or update a file with Briefcase) and get this message: "Cannot delete *.*. It is being used by another person or program." The file is not in use, and does not show as read only in the file properties. A March 2006 post suggested "Check out Cannot open or delete a document (claims to be "in use") on the Word MVP site," which suggests searching for .tmp and ~? files and deleting them, which I did. The problem persists. I cannot associate it with any particular event, such as a computer crash. It just happens with some files.

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    Re: Cannot Delete (Word 2003 SP2 / Windows XP Pro)

    Is this on a network drive or on a local drive?
    Do you have Windows XP SP2?

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    Re: Cannot Delete (Word 2003 SP2 / Windows XP Pro)

    The particular file that caused the problem this morning is on a network drive, but this has also occurred on non-network drives. I do have Windows XP SP2.

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    Re: Cannot Delete (Word 2003 SP2 / Windows XP Pro)

    For files on a network drive, it might have to do with a server setting; I am not an expert on that, but we used to have similar problems where I work until the system admin changed a server setting.

    Does the problem persist if you restart Windows?

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    Re: Cannot Delete (Word 2003 SP2 / Windows XP Pro)

    Restarting does not help. I'll see if someone here can find a network setting that might be doing this.

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