I am having a repeated problem where I check out a document, but am not able to discard my checkout subsequently. What could be the cause? Background: I am a user not an administrator; our SharePoint Foundation 2010 system was set up some time back and we no longer have SharePoint experts onsite, so I suspect things have gotten outdated.

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This might be because you have uploaded a document which has no checked in version, so Sharepoint cannot discard the check out as there would be no previous version.

Instead, try checking in the document - then checking it out again. After doing this, you might be able to use the Discard check out feature.

  • When I try to check it in, I get "This document was checked out to your local drafts folder but the local copy could not be found or is on a different computer. Upload the local changes or discard your checkout to continue editing." I've only used the same computer to handle this document. When I try to discard my checkout, the button is grayed out and if I click it anyway I get an empty error box with just an OK button. This behavior is not specific to this document - this happens all the time on other documents. Any ideas?
    – KAE
    Mar 28, 2016 at 16:26
  • When I later downloaded a read only version then uploaded it again, the checkout disappeared and everything was OK. I just had to ignore the checkout (I had thought it would prevent me, but it didn't). This solution works.
    – KAE
    Mar 28, 2016 at 19:03
  • If someone else is having this problem: these "ghost" checkouts seem to appear after SharePoint hangs, which is often because it is running really slowly.
    – KAE
    Mar 28, 2016 at 21:00

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