A page has been checked out by someone who I am not able to contact. I need to update the page but cannot check it out until the current check-out is finished.

How can I force the current check-out to be discarded?

  • I have the same issue, document read-only declared record and at the same time checked out. I can not delete. Is there a way in sharepoint designer to do that? I probably need sharepoint central administration but I need to configure the url to access, can you help?
    – user15389
    Commented Mar 7, 2013 at 8:20

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If you have administrative rights, it is possible to override the check-out via the View All Site Content page:

  1. Site Actions
  2. View All Site Content
  3. Pages
  4. Hover the item you want to check out, and from the context-menu (arrow-down next to the filename), choose "Discard Check Out"

It is also possible to perform this routine through SharePoint Designer.

(Thanks to Christian Nesmark via StackOverflow)


You can use SPFile.UndoCheckOut Method achieve this.

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