FILE IN USE - Word Document kept on OneDrive RRS feed

  • Question

  • Every time I searched for this error I got a lot of hits but nothing quite what I asked so apologies if this is answered somewhere I can't find.

    Ok, I create new or have an older word document. I save it or I copy it to my OneDrive the next time I open it from the same computer and make some edits I cannot save it. I get FILE IN USE  This file is locked for editing by 'my name'  and never becomes available to edit. I have to delete it and save as with a different name. This is getting very frustrating for several files since I use them on my home, laptop and mobile devices.

    Is there a setting that can unlock this or fix this?  I am logged in as 'my name' on all devices it knows who I am but says I have it locked, makes no sense to me and I have tried searching and searching for a solution. Please help!



    I forgot to add the file is created on Windows 7 using Office 2013 which is on both computers, the desktop at home and my laptop. It has the docx extension.
    • Edited by Wskrs Sunday, October 5, 2014 3:24 PM Forgot some information
    Sunday, October 5, 2014 3:09 PM

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  • Hi,

    Does you open the document on OneDrive directly? or you can save it to local space.

    You can refer to this blog for more information:


    Best regards,

    Monday, October 6, 2014 2:34 PM
  • OneDrive sets up a local cache on each machine. Maybe your on to something. I'm just getting tired of dealing with OneDrive other than just a storage space in the cloud.

    Thank you for replying.

    Tuesday, October 7, 2014 12:50 AM
  • I'm having a similar issue but with saving docs to my file server at work. Does it with both Word and Excel. I can save to OneDrive and OneDriveBusiness with no problems. I have installed and re-installed but the issue is still present. I installed 2007 instead and nothing changed. Very frustrating. I'm running Windows 8.1

    I'm assuming you can save directly to a hard drive location (non onedrive location?)

    I'm wondering if it's a true file sharing violation?

    Tuesday, October 7, 2014 12:57 AM
  • I realize this is an old post, but people still might be looking for an answer. 

     If OneDrive is saying  file is already open. Try opening the application (Word in this case) and removing the file from the applications quick access list. Close the application and try using it.

    Wednesday, March 14, 2018 6:18 PM