How To Delete A Read Only File


30.03.2011

How To Delete A Read Only File

Ever happened to you to not be able to delete a file? Well this happens usually for one reason: the file is in use or this little thingy you are trying to get rid of has the “read-only” attribute set. With other words this is a write-protected file.

Usually this happens when you have it opened, modified and even saved under a different name. But no matter what you do you won’t be able to delete it unless the “read-only” attribute has been removed. If you will do this you will be able to get rid of this pest.

Here are the steps that you will have to do:

  1. Click the “Start” button.

  2. Click “Computer” to launch the Windows Explorer. Now go where the file is located!

  3. Select that file and right-click with the mouse. From the menu that appears on the screen select “Properties”. Notice that the “Attributes” check box is checked. Click to un-check it! Notice the “Read-only” label on the screen. Deselect it and after click OK to save your progress.

  4. Now try to see if the file can be deleted. Simply right-click on it and select the “Delete” option and then press “Yes”.

If the file can’t be deleted than try to make a restart on your system. This usually does the trick but if things still aren’t ok see if something else is using that file (for example if Winamp is playing the MP3 you are trying to delete)

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