Deleting a Microsoft Excel Read Only file is a simple process. You can delete the Read Only file from either the "Open" or the "Save As" box in Excel, or you can use Explore to delete the Microsoft Excel Read Only file. You must have delete permission from your administrator, or be your computer's administrator, to delete the Excel Read Only file.
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Open Microsoft Excel, but do not open the file you wish to delete. If you have the file that you want to delete open, then you will receive an error message stating that you must close the file before it can be deleted.
Find the file you wish to delete by clicking "File" and then either "Open" or "Save As." Both options will give you similar dialogue boxes that you can delete files from.
Click on the file name, and check that it is highlighted.
Right-click on your mouse, and you will see a list of available options.
Scroll down and click "Delete." The file will be deleted from your system.
Access your Explore function by right-clicking on "Start," and then selecting "Explore."
Find the file you wish to delete by searching through your folders.
Click the file, and check that the file name is highlighted.
Right-click on the file name to see all of the available options.
Scroll down, and click "Delete." The file will be deleted from your computer.
Tips and warnings
- If you are still unable to delete the file, check to see if someone else on your network is using the file. According to Microsoft, "If another user has the file open, or if you have the file open in another session of Excel, PowerPoint, or Word on the same computer, close the file before you try to delete it."
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