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I am uploading documents to a document library in SharePoint 2010 and I find my documents are checked out even they are not checked out. I have checked for option check out required to NO but even the problem doesn't go. Does anyone know the solution for this?

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What method are you using to upload? – BlueBird Aug 22 '13 at 14:02

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I just encountered that in one of our sites. Management of Content Types was not allowed and the Title field was required. I could not make changes to the Title field in the library settings, so I had to allow management of Content Types, go into the Content Type, click on the Title Field, and edit the setting there. I chose "hidden" rather than optional, which serves our purposes. I then switched the Content Type settings off. You may need to dig deep into your library to solve it if the other options listed do not work.

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Set “Require documents to be checked out before they can be edited” to “No” and make sure all required fields have a defaul value.

If you need the check-in / check-out functionality you will need a non-OOB solution.

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I had a similar problem with multi-upload. All files were checked out after uploading them. I used an eventreceiver to force check in after upload.

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Maybe, you have to take a look at empty required fields, too. – Stefan Hennicken Aug 22 '13 at 14:10
Hi Stefan Thanks for response but in my case i don't have any required fields .But my documents are attached with a workflow .I have checked my workflow as well but no issues there.Any other idea? – user2314241 Aug 22 '13 at 14:22
Are you using multi-upload? – Stefan Hennicken Aug 22 '13 at 14:25
No i am not using – user2314241 Aug 22 '13 at 14:31

I had the same problem. My problem was that I had made my "version column" a required field. You can check it in library settings.

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For me it was the "Description" value, which wasn't set in any of the copied documents, but was mandatory in SharePoint. I solved by setting a default value for "Description" (I put a "0"). Go to LibrarySettings>Column default value settings and put a default value there.

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I had the same problem, too. To compile the answers of Phil, Alexandru and Stefan:

I realised that the reason my newly uploaded files were checked out is because I uploaded them using multiple uploads, while I have some properties which are required to be filled in for every file. To comply, SP checked them out by default. I couldn't check them in without adding the appropriate property content first. So I added the properties, then checked them in.

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