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?
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.
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.
I know this is an old thread, but here is what I did to solve the issue on my end. I went to http://example.com/15/LstSetng.aspx and clicked on Versioning Settings. I changed the values for the following 2 fields:
Require content approval for submitted items? to No.
Require documents to be checked out before they can be edited? to No.
The above steps did help solve the issue of uploaded documents being checked-out automatically.
This problem can also occur when a checkout is required for files in a document library. This is a saftey measure toprtect the document. However, if the document library isn't going to be edited by multiple people—or there is a need to co author a page simultaniously—you can remove this safegaurd.
We had the problem when new files would be uploaded. It would automatically check the file out to that individual. The number of files or the method of uploading them wouldn't matter. We had to limit who could edit to certain document libraries and then remove those controls. This was ideal since this was a communication intranet site.
Documentation on the subject can be found on support.office.com Otherwise this problem is most likely to occur when a required bit of information has not been added.