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How to fix “The action cannot be completed because the file is open in another program” error

How to fix “The action cannot be completed because the file is open in another program” error

When trying to edit, delete, or move files, you may encounter the "The action cannot be completed because the file is open in another program" error. The error is shown when you’re trying to move or delete a file/folder, and means that Windows or another program is using the file(s) in question. It’s a very aggravating error than can be caused by a variety of reasons. This kind of error gives very little information about what the issue actually is, making it difficult for users to identify the cause and fix it.