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Folder In Use

The action can't be completed because the folder or a file in it is open in another program

Close the folder or file and try again..

I have met this problem many times (just can not delete some folder or file that just has been used and closed), but this time I want to find the exact solution.

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There are a few things that could lock some file or folder after using:

  • indexing service
  • anti-virus software
  • skydrive

If you do not want to reboot your system or end all the related processed first in the Task Manager to delete them, the fastest and most efficient way is to end the 'explorer.exe' process and re-open it in "File/New Task (Run...)". Then you can delete the file(s) or folder instantly.

Or you can choose to use Unlocker to solve any kind of problem like 'file/folder in use cannot be deleted', it's specially designed for this purpose.

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