Easy way to unlock documents
Would it be possible or feasible to place an item in the menu or a button on the main ribbon to unlock a document? I have a document that is locked for offline viewing and I cannot make any changes to this document.
What make this frustrating is that I am being told by Office 365 that I am editing this document offline. I have restarted my one drive, my computer and all of my open documents on my laptop. I don't understand why this continues to happen but, it would be nice to have a simple fix.
Bottom line, my idea is for users to have a simple way to unlock documents that are locked for editing. Since One Drive has version control, there should not be an issue. Thanks.
We have this problem in SharePoint 2016 (+ Office Online Server).
Very bad for the end users who have to wait for minimum 10 minutes
AJ Brown commented
Would be great to have an admin option to see all open files and who has them open and then be able to "unlock" the file in cases where SharePoint won't release the file from editing even though the user has closed the file.
I've waited a long time (somewhat more than an hour) , once that the document was 'released' by the system and then I could move or delete the document. It's quite cumbersome.
I'm in exactly same scenario. I tried everything suggested by internet, restarting PC< clearing cache of the browser, clearing cache of the local office installation. Nothing helps document is still locked to myself!!!
How can people have the same problem for so many years and no solution is provided it now is driving me absoluetly mad!
ce problème dois être règler au plus tôt
Jon Silver commented
I've even managed to lock my own documents, so I'd definitely support this.
Ian Sanders commented
The lack of Powershell tooling is preventing me from supporting users.
They are being prevented from carrying out their jobs. With a looming deadline, the inability to edit a document suddenly becomes business critical.
Definitely needs fixing - causes significant irritation to users / admins when an item is opened and considered locked for editing (even by the user who just opened the document). Documents also don't always release after 15 mins or so of Excel crashing, meaning some files can become locked for hours or days at a time with no obvious way to release the lock
PLEASE fix this! Documents are locked even after a user closes the document. This creates confusion and frustration, and makes it extremely difficult to demo documents and then delete them to clean up. Very frustrating.
Raymond Ang commented
Yes, please do so, or bring back the powershell ability to do this.
I agree and do this for sharepoint too please. Sheesh!
Chris Lo commented
Same here, sometimes the user has already closed the file but the file is still locked by him/her.