Some users are encountering the ‘action cannot be completed because the file is xuất hiện in windows explorer‘ error when they try lớn delete, move or rename a tệp tin on a Windows computer. The issue typically happens with Microsoft Office files (Word và Excel files) và PDF files. The issue is not specific lớn a certain Windows version as it’s encountered on Windows 7, Windows 8 & Windows 10.

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The action cannot be completed because the tệp tin is xuất hiện in windows explorer

What is causing the action cannot be completed because the tệp tin is open in windows explorer error?

We investigated this particular issue by looking at various user reports & the repair strategies that they used lớn get the issue resolved. Based on what we gathered, there a couple of common scenarios that are known lớn trigger this particular error message:


The file preview window of Windows Explorer is causing the error – This is typically reported khổng lồ occur with PDF & image files. As it turns out, the previewing feature of Windows Explorer can glitch out in certain situations và prevent the user from handling the file. In this case, you can resolve the issue by disabling tệp tin previews in Windows Explorer.The file is being actively used by another process – This is one of the most common reasons why this error occurs. Most likely, the process behind Windows Explorer (explorer.exe) or a different process is using the file you’re trying to lớn handle. In this case, the issue can be resolved by closing the process responsible for the conflict.

If you’re struggling lớn resolve the ‘action cannot be completed because the tệp tin is open in windows explorer‘ error, this article will provide you with a couple of verified troubleshooting steps. Down below you’ll find two methods that other users in a similar situation have used lớn get the issue resolved.

If you want lớn be efficient, we encourage you to lớn follow the methods below in the order that they are presented.

Method 1: Turning off tệp tin previews in Windows Explorer

Most of the users encountering the ‘action cannot be completed because the file is open in windows explorer‘ error has managed to get it resolved by disabling file preview on Windows Explorer. As it turns out, this feature is known khổng lồ sometimes glitch on all the recent Windows versions và prevent the user from handling PDF & various image-type files.

Affected users report that the issue was resolved once they followed a phối of instructions khổng lồ disable thumbnail previews from folder options. Here’s what you need khổng lồ do:

Press Windows key + R to open up a Run dialog box. Then, type “control folders” and press Enter to xuất hiện the File Explorer Options screen.Inside the file Explorer window, go lớn the View tab, go khổng lồ Advanced settings và make sure that the box associated with Always show icons, never thumbnails is enabled.Click Apply khổng lồ save the changes and see if you’re able lớn handle the tệp tin without seeing the ‘action cannot be completed because the file is mở cửa in windows explorer‘.
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Disabling thumbnails in Windows Explorer

If you’re still struggling with the error, move down lớn the next method below.


Method 2: Identifying và closing the process that has the file open

A couple of users struggling lớn resolve this particular issue have managed to vị so by using Resource Monitor to locate the processes that are using the file triggering the error and closing it down. This process is all done from Windows (no additional software is needed).

Here’s a quick guide on identifying & closing the process the is triggering the ‘action cannot be completed because the tệp tin is mở cửa in windows explorer‘ error:

Press Windows key + R to open up a Run dialog box. Then, type “resmon.exe” & press Enter to mở cửa up the Resource Monitor utility.
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Opening the Resource Monitor from a Run boxInside the Resource Monitor utility, navigate to lớn the CPU tab, scroll down khổng lồ Associated Handles. Next, type the name of the file triggering the issue. In our case, the file triggering the issue is named last day.xlsx. So we typed in ‘last day‘ in the tìm kiếm box và discovered that the process using it was Excel.exe.
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Discovering the process using the file

Note: This search can be performed with any type of file.Right-click on the process that is using the tệp tin triggering the error & choose over process.

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Ending the process causing the errorNote: Since Windows Explorer is mentioned in the error message, is very likely that the process identified here is explorer.exe.Repeat the procedure that was previously triggering the ‘action cannot be completed because the tệp tin is open in windows explorer‘ error & see if the issue has been resolved.