My computer's power source failed and turned off while an Indesign CS5.5 file is open. Now trying to access the file, my computer (a mac) thinks it's still open. I'd like to either "close" down the file my computer thinks is open or delete the file (I have good copy on an external hard drive). Anyone have any advice? Thanks so much.
Is this document located on your computer, you're not working on it across a server where someone else might legitimately have it open? If that's the case, look in the folder where this document is located, see if there's a file name in that folder that starts with a tilde and ends with ".idlk". That's the lock file that keeps multiple users from opening the same document in a shared environment. If it's only you working on this, it should be safe to delete it, and you should then be able to open the file.
I am working on a server, but I know no one else is using the file. I am able to put the .idlk file in the trash, but am not able to delete it because "it's in use". However, when the .idlk file is in the trash I am able to open a read-only version of the file. I feel like your help is getting me closer, yet I cannot replace the file with the one on my external hard drive.