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    Delete MSWord File with 0 bytes

    I have an MSWord2003 file with 0 bytes in "My documents" using Windows XP. It was last processed in 2006 and freezes my system when backing up my documents. It will not allow me to delete it. Any suggestions on how to delete it?

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    Hi Jackalope,

    Welcome to the Lounge.

    That suggests the file is in use (possibly a marker to a 2006-vintage file that you've had open). Maker sure Word is closed before trying to delete the file (better still, that you haven't run Word in the current Windows session), using Windows Explorer to do the deletion.
    Last edited by macropod; 2011-01-21 at 01:57.
    Cheers,

    Paul Edstein
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    Can you rename the file, and then delete it?
    If it won't delete in a Command Prompt window using DEL filename then I would run Unlocker* which usually does the job. Seems a lot of effort to go through for a 0-byte file, though.

    * watch for the usual annoying attempts to add unwanted Stuff when you install - in this case it is shortcuts to Ebay, I think.
    BATcher

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    It could also be disk corruption.
    1. Double click on My Computer.
    2. Right click on C: and select Properties > Tools > Check Now.
    3. Tick Automatically fix file system errors and click Start.
    4. Click Yes to schedule the check on the next Windows re-start.
    5. Re-start Windows at a convenient time.

    cheers, Paul

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