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Can’t delete or rename a folder in Windows 7? Try this

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Occasionally you may receive a Folder In Use message such as “the action can’t be completed because the folder or a file in it is open in another program” when you try to rename or delete/move a folder in Windows 7.

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There are a number of suggestions out there which might work for you, but try my suggestion first and you may be pleasantly surprised.

In my case I’d been working on a Word file and, even through I was sure I’d closed down Word and any Windows Explorer windows (and all other programs which might have been keeping one paw on the folder somehow, stopping me from pursuing my stress-free life) it turned out to be a simple case of Windows lying to me.

If this happens to you then press Ctrl+Alt+Del and choose “Task Manager”.

On the Processes tab look for any lingering entries for “Winword” (there may be more than one) and select them one by one and click the “End Process” button.

Why the Word process stays open after you close it down is anyone’s guess - but making SURE the program you were using on files in that folder is fully terminated by checking in the Task Manager is probably the best way to stop you tearing your hair out over this annoying problem.

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Support our caregiving

If you found anything on this site of use, interesting, or even mildly amusing then please consider dropping a few pennies in the jar to help us to take care of our disabled son who contracted encephalitis in 2007 at the age of 6 and who is now confined to a wheelchair. He is getting bigger as his mother and I get older, imagine that, please. Every penny we collect goes towards his upkeep, and towards his future care requirements.

Thank you.