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Dear Sir,
I and my colleagues are working on an Excel Shared file, in order to be able to save the data we are inputting to this file at the same time. The file is working fine for some days but suddenly one (or more) of us get the following report (This file is locked. Try the command later), after that we will be obliged to save-as the file and change the name and be involved in unnecessary steps.
Would you please guide me to solve this instant problem.
With many thanks in advance

Shared files are a bad idea generally, and it SOUNDS as though you may be using it for data entry, which is even worse - however, assuming you need the file to be shared, you WILL get this error - it occurs when one of the users is in the process of saving the file.  This is by design - if you wait a while, don't save as (or you get out of synch) and then try a few minutes later you will be able to save the file.

You may wish to check your settings for the shared file - you will PROBABLY find that users are still showing as being in the file from some days ago, and I would also suggest changing the keep change history for 30 days to a much lower number.
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Aidan Heritage


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