how do i unlock a file or folder so i can move it

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    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170

    Is there any other common factor linking the folders you have this problem with? Do they all contain files of a particular type, just for example?

    Word used to be a real pig for this sort of symptom but that was many, many versions ago - Word 2003, I think. It used to forget to delete its own temporary files when you closed a file or even closed Word completely & it kept a lock on those temp files as if you were still editing.

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  2. Posts : 56,884
    Multi-boot Windows 10/11 - RTM, RP, Beta, and Insider


    The folder/file in question is for sure locked tight by OneDrive. Pausing syncing will have no effect since the folder/file is still in the config as being "On Demand", therefore stored up there in cloud-land and available when you want. To move it out of OneDrive influence, first open up the settings options and go to Choose Folders. From there, find the folder/file in question and un-check it. Let it adjust for what you just did. The folder name will disappear from the OneDrive Explorer display, but is still on your OneDrive Cloud storage in your MS account.

    If your intention is to keep the folder locally only and not on OneDrive, sign on to your OneDrive (Cloud icon>View Online), find the folder and download it anywhere you wish. Then 2 options.... leave it there, or delete it. Your choice.
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    Windows 10 (Pro and Insider Pro)

    And, if this is part of User's library that was associated with Onedrive... check if it is part of Onedrive Backup system.

    Open Onedrive settings, Backup tab, and select manage Backups. Unselect folder, and then you can move it.

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  4. Posts : 54
    Windows 10 Home
    Thread Starter

    Thanks to all for your ideas. Iíll give it a go.
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