I want to delete a document from my library but the following shows up:

The file is currently checked out or locked for editing by another user

How do I override the check out changes so that I can be able to delete the document?

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If you have a high enough permisson level you can select the document, go over the ribbon to files and click "Discard Check Out".

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(Picture from my SharePoint 2013 on-prem Environment)

  • That means if I do not have high permission level I will not be able to discard check out unless I ask the person to check in..
    – lizzy1
    Commented Jun 9, 2016 at 7:12
  • correct, or you ask your IT department for a higher permission level
    – Patrick
    Commented Jun 9, 2016 at 7:30
  • Hmm, I am a site collection owner and have full control of the specific folder where a file resides, and that file doesn't have a checkout icon on it, but trying to delete it gives me the error "this file is checked out for editing by X user"... curious.
    – TylerH
    Commented Aug 24, 2018 at 16:37
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    What if I choose "Check In" to override the checkout instead. Does that keep the other user's changes (unless they used a local drafts folder)?
    – robartsd
    Commented Sep 28, 2018 at 15:26

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