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Can't delete some PDF files-file opened in another program

  1. #1

    Posts : 81
    Windows 8.1 64-bit

    Can't delete some PDF files-file opened in another program


    I have a problem with deleting some PDF files (not all) - when I try to delete them, I get the following message:
    "The action can't be completed because the file is open in another program".

    I dont see anywhere that the file is really opened in another program. what's causing this problem, and how can I delete these PDF files?


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  2. #2

    Posts : 2,612
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10

    Most likely you opened the pdf with reader - when you close reader it does not really close and retains the pdf files..

    If you open task manager you will see that reader is still a running process - even though it is closed..

    All the metro apps seem to do the same thing - you close and the process stays open.

    A use Adobe reader as default..
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  3. #3

    Posts : 148
    Windows 8.1 Update 1

    As always with locked files you can use the free program "Lock Hunter" to determine what is locking the corresponding file(s). It also unlocks the file(s) for you.
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  4. #4

    Posts : 4,515
    Vista and Win7

    The easiest is to reboot. That will release all the handles.
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Can't delete some PDF files-file opened in another program

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