Microsoft Office for Mac Error Message This File is Locked for Editing when accessed from a My Cloud Share


Issue:

When accessing a Microsoft Office file for Mac from a My Cloud share an error message is displayed: This File is Locked for Editing.




Cause:

This problem is caused by a temporary Microsoft Officefor Mac file that cannot be modified after a previous edit session was completed.



Solution:

Delete the hidden temporary Microsoft Office file that begin with ~$ from the My Cloud share


  1. Press and hold the shift, command, and period keys to view hidden files


    Or in Terminal type the following command: defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES

    1. From the App Dock click on Applications.


    2. Click on Utilities.


    3. Double-click on Disk Utility.


    4. In Disk Utility, double-click on Terminal.


    5. In Terminal, type the following command to show hidden files
      WD Terminal

      defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES



  2. Mount the share from macOS. Please refer to: Answer ID 2686: How to map a WD network drive on a Mac

  3. You should see a Temp file that begins with ~$, delete the file with the ~$ By dragging and dropping the file ~$to the Mac Trash Can


  4. A Window will display: Are you sure you want to delete "~$.docx"? Click the Delete button






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