02-11-07 Could not save...file already in use or was left open

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by JWSM, Feb 11, 2007.

  1. JWSM

    JWSM Guest

    Photoshop 7.0, running on WinXP.

    Some files, and for seemingly no reason, can't be Saved (or moved /
    renamed / deleted). Only Save-as works, under a new name.

    The warning message - "Could not save... because the file is already in use
    or was left open".

    On the next system reboot, the offending file is normally ok to save,
    rename, move or delete. However, I have a few files that are still
    locked. Also, in the folder they don't appear as a thumbnail (like other

    Am I stuck with these files for life?

    JWSM, Feb 11, 2007
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  2. Give this free tool a try: http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/ (the
    download link is about halfway down on the page).

    I've been using it for upwards of a year now, and it's been a great help
    with stubborn Photoshop files, unlocking video files that Explorer
    decides to generate thumbnails for when I try to move them, and pretty
    much anything else that needs to be unlocked.

    Raivo Lindemann, Feb 11, 2007
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  3. JWSM

    JWSM Guest

    Many thanks... that worked a treat...unlocked and deleted!


    JWSM, Feb 12, 2007
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