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Unable to open Excel file which is already in use by another user

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  • I am unable to open Excel file (which is located on network share) from Finder using 'Open with...' -> Microsoft Excel (Windows X) when the same file has been opened by another user (e.g. on Windows PC).

  • I get an error message "File in use"

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In order to solve this error you need to modify the file on the machine where it is already opened.

  1. In Microsoft Excel (2010) go to File -> Options -> Trust Center -> Trust Center Settings... -> Privacy Options -> disable option 'Remove personal information from file properties on save' -> Click OK.

  2. Open the Excel file (first instance). In Excel go to Review -> Share Workbook -> enable option 'Allow changes by more than one user at the same time. This also allows workbook merging.'

  3. Open the file (second instance) from another location.

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