Error:The file is not checked out. You must first check out this document before making changes. RRS feed

  • Question

  • The situation is this:

    User edits their page and chooses to minimize a web parts chrome state to minimized and saves the page. User then opens the page and clicks on the Restore option for the web part and proceeds to edit the properties for an item. Upon saving the Error "The file is not
    checked out. You must first check out this document before making changes." appears. The user backs out and refreshes and notes that he change was accepted.

    Is this a known bug?

    If they go back and change the webpart view back to normal as the default on the page, they can perform the same process with no error. The fact that it actually saves the item is nice but the message is quite annoying and prevents us from using this option on many of the dashboards our users have built. If there is a known workaround that would be nice as well. This is on a SharePoint 2010 SP1 system. The site is a sub-site using the publishing template.

    Greg McAllister

    Tuesday, March 6, 2012 9:54 PM

All replies


    Hi Greg,

    I cannot reproduce this issue.

    You can go to the document library which host these pages, and click Library>Library settings>versioning settings. Here, set it to no for Require documents to be checked out before they can be edited.

    Then please test it again.


    Pengyu Zhao

    TechNet Community Support

    Thursday, March 8, 2012 7:21 AM
  • Thanks, but we checked that right off. We rarely set check out on our LOB sites. These are dashboard pages that we build to monitor our processes and some of the pages can be very busy. We are still looking for the answer though.

    Greg McAllister

    Thursday, March 8, 2012 1:40 PM
  • It worked for me.

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016 11:44 AM