Fix The action cannot be completed because the file is open in another program on Windows 10

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A user asked me in comment section that when he is trying to delete a folder, an error message appears saying The action cannot be completed because the file is open in another program. If you are also facing this problem, here are some quick working fixes for this problem.

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Fix The action cannot be completed because the file is open in another program on Windows 10

Fix 1 – The action cannot be completed because the file is open in another program

1. Press Window key + R to open run.

2. Write resmon.exe in it and Click OK.

Fix The action cannot be completed because the file is open in another program on Windows 10

3. Now, Click on CPU tab.

4. Click on Associated Handles.

Fix The action cannot be completed because the file is open in another program on Windows 10

5. Now, Search the folder name or file name in the search handles box.

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6. Right click on the process from the list and Choose end process. (Note that path of your folder is visible below Handle name)

Fix The action cannot be completed because the file is open in another program on Windows 10

Now,  Go ahead and try again. You will face absolutely no problem.

Fix 2 – Restart Windows Explorer

1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc together on your keyboard to Open task manager.

2. Locate Windows explorer, right click on it and Choose Restart.

Fix The action cannot be completed because the file is open in another program on Windows 10

Fix 3 – Disable Controlled folder access

1. Press Windows key + S key together from keyboard and search windows security.

2. Click on Windows security from the search result.

Fix The action cannot be completed because the file is open in another program on Windows 10

3. Click on Virus & Threat protection.

Fix The action cannot be completed because the file is open in another program on Windows 10

4. Click on manage settings under  Virus & Threat protection settings.

Fix The action cannot be completed because the file is open in another program on Windows 10

5. Click on manage controlled folder access under controlled folder access.

Fix The action cannot be completed because the file is open in another program on Windows 10

6. Turn off Controlled folder access.

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Fix The action cannot be completed because the file is open in another program on Windows 10

Fix 4 – Disable Preview Pane

If by anyhow , you have enabled preview pane , Just disable it and try again.

Just Press Alt+P together to disable it if it is enabled. OR alternatively, you can just click on View and then click on Preview pane to disable it.

Fix The action cannot be completed because the file is open in another program on Windows 10

Fix 5 – Optimize the Drive in Which you created the Folder

1. Right Click on the drive in which you created the Folder.

2. Choose Properties.

Fix The action cannot be completed because the file is open in another program on Windows 10

3. Click on Tools Tab.

4. Choose Optimize.

Fix The action cannot be completed because the file is open in another program on Windows 10

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