How to Make Unmovable Files Movable

Written by paul higgins
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You might sometimes want to move a file to a different folder or hard drive partition only to find out that Microsoft Windows does not permit it. The Windows operating system from Microsoft Corporation has a specific file manager feature, named Windows Explorer. Windows Explorer can sometimes refuse to let you move a specific file to a different location. There are many causes which may prevent Windows from moving a file. You can move an unmovable file by, first, finding out what caused this issue and, then, by resolving it.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


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    Close any non-essential program before attempting to move the file again. If a program is currently using the file, Windows will not let you move it to a new location. For example, if your media player application is open, you might be unable to move certain media files.

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    Log in to the Windows account which you or another user used to create the file. Depending on your computer's settings, a person logged on under a certain Windows account may not be able to delete or move files which another user created under a different Windows account. To log in to a different Windows account, click on the Windows "Start" button and select "Log off." Then, click on the name of the account which was used to create the file, type the password and press the "Enter" key on your keyboard. You can then attempt to move the file again.

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    Right-click on the file while in Windows Explorer. Make sure the check box next to "Read-Only" is deactivated. Users cannot move or delete a file which has a "Read-only" attribute.

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