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Error: This document was checked out to your local drafts folder but the local copy could not be checked in or check out could not be discarded. Close any application that is editing the document and try to check in again, or discard the checkout.

Posted by Paul on April 27, 2012

My customer was reporting the following error.  He was in the middle of Check out of a document.

Now the user interface is not allowing Check In / Discard Check Out



Go to the SharePoint Drafts folder and Delete the particular file from there.

eg: C:\Users\HP\Documents\SharePoint Drafts

(Please ensure  you have a backup copy)


In my customer case the solution worked well and he was happy.


Local Drafts Folder

The local drafts folder helps in working offline.  The checked out document gets saved here temporarily.

You will be getting the prompt while Check Out of a document.


The drafts folder is located in the Operating System Drive > User > Documents > SharePoint Drafts

eg: C:\Users\HP\Documents\SharePoint Drafts


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