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      • 160. Re: "Could not save (file name) because the file is already in use or left open."
        MaMamiya33 Community Member

        I had an idea and it worked for me:

        From within folder (or on desktop)

        View> Show View Options> un-check "show icon preview"

         

        G4 Mac running OS X 10.4.11 and Photoshop CS2.

         

        I was using Leaf Capture software for photography. Saved as tiff (8 bit and 16 bit) and opened directly in Photoshop. No other programs were running. Saved directly to desktop. Photoshop would not allow me to resave after making edits "Could not save because file is already in use..." I would have to save under different name or file type. Also, trash would not empty after deleting these original files for same error.

         

        I've looked forever without finding a solution until I thought of this. If anyone else can't find an answer, try this.

        • 161. Re: "Could not save (file name) because the file is already in use or left open."
          Kid Red Community Member

          I came here for the same issue, in my case closing Preview worked. Oddly enough, I did not have to file open in preview, but closing that app worked for me.

          • 162. Re: "Could not save (file name) because the file is already in use or left open."
            BJN3 Community Member

            Same issue with the recent update to PS6 on Windows platform.

             

            I suspect this is related to Photoshop's background file saving, since the files in question are never in use by another application. I think Photoshop doesn't know it's doing a background save or doesn't release the file properly when it's done.

             

            I'm turning off background save.

            • 163. Re: "Could not save (file name) because the file is already in use or left open."
              Chris Cox Adobe Employee

              Notice that this discussion is from before the release of Photoshop CS6.

               

              It has to do with external applications (possibly including the OS) having the file locked/busy.

              It has nothing to do with background save.

              • 164. Re: "Could not save (file name) because the file is already in use or left open."
                BJN3 Community Member

                I reviewed your comments through the thread, and the most likely issue sounds like another Adobe CS6 application has its foot in the door in error. I'll see if I can figure out which one and complain that direction. Thanks for steering me in the right direction.

                • 165. Re: "Could not save (file name) because the file is already in use or left open."
                  Kid Red Community Member

                  Snow leopard it seems to me that if the file name is selected in a finder window, then I can't save. I have a similar issue deleting files from a NAS in the finder. I have to select a second item to be able to go back and delete the first item that I previously had selected because I would get "cant delete, file in use".  They are both very similar errors with a modifying files in the finder if SL if selected.

                  • 166. Re: "Could not save (file name) because the file is already in use or left open."
                    Tom Dig Community Member

                    This has been an issue since Photoshop 6.0 (Windows).

                    Adobe had always responded with it is a Windows fault, not Adobe.

                    Still occurs with CS3 but not as often.

                    Also occurs with Adobe InDesign but very infrequently.

                    NEVER occurs with non-Adobe apps.

                    I use UnlockerAssistant to free up the file. Most of the time it is Windows Explorer that has it locked but every once in a while it is the application. My suspicion is that it has something to do with the thumbnails.

                    • 167. Re: "Could not save (file name) because the file is already in use or left open."
                      c.pfaffenbichler Community Member

                      Adobe had always responded with it is a Windows fault, not Adobe.

                      And has qualified Windows personnel ever contested that claim?

                      (Not to worry, by the way, similar problems seem to happen on Macintosh ocassionally, too.)

                      • 168. Re: "Could not save (file name) because the file is already in use or left open."
                        bpylant Community Member

                        No, not occasionally, it happens all the time if you have the file selected in the Finder and are using column view with the preview on.

                         

                        I beleive Chris when he says that it's not directly a Photoshop issue, but I question why Photoshop (and occasionally InDesign when exporting a PDF) are so sensitive to this issue when no other app I use cares whether the Finder is displaying a preview or not. If Illustrator and InDesign can successfully save their documents when the Finder is showing a preview, why can't Photoshop?

                         

                        (This is just one more example of the many many supremely aggravating inconsistencies between Adobe apps, all of which belonging to the same "suite.")

                        • 169. Re: "Could not save (file name) because the file is already in use or left open."
                          BJN3 Community Member

                          I've never had the problem before the last couple of days. Now suddenly, Photoshop CS6, and only Photoshop CS6, starts giving me a file save error I've never seen before. That may well be another Adobe application (Bridge, InDesign, and Illustrator would need to be ruled out in this case), but it's certainly not the OS magically changing a core file handling function. Especially not when the same error is seen on both platforms.

                           

                          I was able to workaround by saving the file to a new filename, but when I open that file and try to save it I got the same error. That file wasn't embedded or linked to another Adobe app. If it's indeed not Photoshop, Bridge is the prime suspect. We'll see.

                          • 170. Re: "Could not save (file name) because the file is already in use or left open."
                            robertdenton Community Member

                            I've been following this thread for a few years and posted here about the same issue.

                             

                            Note: Adobe has always blamed the host operating system (I use portions of the suite on a Mac and they blamed Apple)...

                             

                            Same with OSX, I have never experienced another app have this problem -- not commercial, not freeware, not shareware, not open source ports.

                            • 171. Re: "Could not save (file name) because the file is already in use or left open."
                              Tom Dig Community Member

                              From my point of view (right or wrong):

                              One application out of many causes a problem on more than one PC with same operating system, I would not blame the operating system.

                              If ANY other application resulted in the same fault then maybe blame the system.

                              In addition, I hear that the same issue occurs on Macs? This being true than how can blame Windows?

                              • 172. Re: "Could not save (file name) because the file is already in use or left open."
                                Chris Cox Adobe Employee

                                Photoshop just does a lot more error checking, and reports these problems to the user instead of letting them lose work.

                                 

                                Also, we've had people track file access using various utilties, and found everything from Quark and InDesign holding files open to the OS/Finder/Explorer (probably trying to build thumbnails).

                                • 173. Re: "Could not save (file name) because the file is already in use or left open."
                                  bpylant Community Member

                                  Which is commendable, don't get me wrong, but none of the other apps lose files (or portions thereof) because the Finder is displaying a preview.

                                  • 174. Re: "Could not save (file name) because the file is already in use or left open."
                                    Chris Cox Adobe Employee

                                    We've seen them lose files in the same situations where Photoshop puts up a warning.

                                    That's why we put up a warning -- because many years ago it was an even bigger problem, and we added code to make sure we warned the user if there was a problem.

                                     

                                    All Photoshop is doing is passing along an error from the OS - and there is a real error because some other application has the file open or in use.

                                     

                                    We've done a lot of investigation on user reports over the years - and every time we find an external application really does have the file open or in use, which means it isn't safe for Photoshop to write the file at that time (because both could be writing, or the other app could crash if we overwrite it, or the file could become lost).

                                    • 175. Re: "Could not save (file name) because the file is already in use or left open."
                                      Tom Dig Community Member

                                      I actualy stopped looking for a solutiion years ago when I found the UnlockerAssistant application.

                                      The probem is not that Photoshop reports a warning preventing it from overwriting the file. The file is in fact locked by Photoshop and Windows Explorer (explorer.exe). I am unable to delete the file, rename the file or anything else.

                                      Photoshop does not release the file lock when the file is closed but does release it when Photoshop is closed.

                                      Explorer does not release until reboot but UnlockerAssistant can force unlock.

                                      Although not confirmed, I think it only occurs when the folder window is set to show thumbnails.

                                      I assume Windows calls a Photoshop application in order to display the thumbnail. If true then this is probably where the communication problem between Photoshop and the OS is occuring, resulting in a locked file.

                                      • 176. Re: "Could not save (file name) because the file is already in use or left open."
                                        Chris Cox Adobe Employee

                                        Yeah, you just told us the problem: Photoshop is reporting an error because Windows Explorer has the file open and locked, and for some reason won't release it until reboot .

                                        No, Windows does not call any Photoshop code to display a thumbnail.

                                        • 177. Re: "Could not save (file name) because the file is already in use or left open."
                                          Noel Carboni Community Member

                                          Tom Dig wrote:


                                          Although not confirmed, I think it only occurs when the folder window is set to show thumbnails.

                                           

                                          Photoshop has nothing to do with this, except that it creates image files on your disk.  The problem is Explorer itself.

                                           

                                          There is a pretty good solution for it, too, with almost no downside.  I have documented it in my Configure the Windows 7 "To Work" Options book, and I can tell you from experience that it WILL solve your problems with conflicts.  Using a force-unlocker to get around the file system is only going to net you a corrupted file system and unstable Windows operation.

                                           

                                          To this day Windows Explorer by default scans files and generates old style hidden thumbnail cache files called Thumbs.db, and (this is important) this is ONLY done for compatibility with older applications, of which you probably use none.  Certainly Photoshop and other modern software don't use them.

                                           

                                          This thumbnail generation can be disabled via the Local Group Policy Editor.  The setting to be enabled is in the User Configuration - Administrative Templates - Windows Components - Windows Explorer section and is this:  Turn off the caching of thumbnails in hidden thumbs.db files.

                                           

                                          As an added bonus this makes your system more efficient as well.

                                           

                                          -Noel

                                          • 178. Re: "Could not save (file name) because the file is already in use or left open."
                                            Tom Dig Community Member

                                            I disabled the thumbnail cache years ago.

                                            The Adobe reps always argue that it is a Windows fault. Get off your high horse. Open your eyes and see the light. I am tired of the “my OS is better than your OS”.

                                            A logical conclusion:

                                            The symptoms:

                                            • A file remains locked after the file and/or application is closed.

                                            • This ONLY occurs with ONE application.

                                            • This occurs on multiple OS’s

                                            • Possible linked to thumbnails

                                            Conclusion: Don’t’ blame the OS.

                                             

                                            FYI: An application does seem to have something to do with viewing thumbnails. If not, why then when app is uninstalled, can’t see thumbnails?

                                            • 179. Re: "Could not save (file name) because the file is already in use or left open."
                                              Noel Carboni Community Member

                                              Tom, did you disable the Thumbs.db creation exactly as I stated above.  Because if you didn't, you haven't dealt with that particular problem.  There are about 2 dozen other related operations and configuration entries having to do with thumbnails.

                                               

                                              And no, Adobe does NOT augment Windows Explorer with a codec with which to view thumbnails.  They used to - years ago - but stopped, as they were unable to engineer something that complex and make it work right.  In fact, Windows Explorer does NOT display PSD thumbnails (don't know if you've noticed that little detail).

                                               

                                              I wonder, though, whether you may be seeing a different issue...  Photoshop makes its "current directory" the place you open files from.  If you open a file, then Photoshop's essentially "sitting on" that directory, and if you were to try to remove it Windows will prevent it, on the assumption that if a running Windows application is using a directory (its current directory) that you probably should be prevented from deleting it or renaming it.

                                               

                                              You can easily see this in action for yourself, having nothing to do with Photoshop...   Create a test folder somewhere, open a CMD window, do a CD to that test folder, then (leaving the CMD window open) go to Explorer and try to delete that folder.  Windows will prevent  you from doing so.  It's the exact same thing.

                                               

                                              Lastly, you should know that there are those of us using Windows 7 who never have file/folder conflicts.  I never see any problems, and I actually DO have a 3rd party codec that makes thumbnails available to Explorer for PSDs, raw files, etc.

                                               

                                              -Noel

                                              • 180. Re: "Could not save (file name) because the file is already in use or left open."
                                                BJN3 Community Member

                                                In Windows 8, access the Local Group Policy Editor using [Windows]+R, type gpedit.msc and click OK. The setting "Turn off the caching of thumbnails in hidden thumbs.db files needs to be set to "Enabled". That setting is under User Configuration \ Administrative Templates \ Windows Components \ File Explorer.

                                                • 181. Re: "Could not save (file name) because the file is already in use or left open."
                                                  Noel Carboni Community Member

                                                  Thanks.  Yes, they renamed Windows Explorer to File Explorer in Windows 8.

                                                   

                                                  -Noel

                                                  • 182. Re: "Could not save (file name) because the file is already in use or left open."
                                                    Istudor Sorin Community Member

                                                    Hello,

                                                      

                                                    The problem for the Photoshop CS6 users appeared with "the new feature" Save in Background. I had the same problem with the message that Photoshop won't let me save the files because is used by another application and that's right ADOBE it's your stupid application SAVE IN BACKGROUND! I deactivated and now I can save my files... fix your bugs and then say it's out fault! (I'm pissed off because I'm confrunting with this problem for almost 2 months until I deactived YOUR FEATURE and it's frustrating to save every time with diferent name the same file).

                                                     

                                                    For the record I use windows 7 and windows 8 and I didn't encounter this problem until I updated from cs5.5 to cs6.

                                                    • 183. Re: "Could not save (file name) because the file is already in use or left open."
                                                      Noel Carboni Community Member

                                                      Do you have a theory about why it doesn't fail for everyone, Istudor?  I run Photoshop CS6 on both Windows 7 and 8 as well and have never seen the problem.

                                                       

                                                      -Noel

                                                      • 184. Re: "Could not save (file name) because the file is already in use or left open."
                                                        bobmepp Community Member

                                                        I tried to replicate the problem by doing the following. I opened win explorer in Windows 7. I highlighted a preview of a psd then opened the psd in photoshop cs6. I made some changes to the psd, then saved it with no problems while the preview psd was highlighted. I then created a test file in Indesign cs6, and placed that same psd into the Indesign document. I then went back to the psd in photoshop, made some changes, and again saved it with no problems. Finally, I created a Illustrator cs6 document, and again placed that same psd into it, while both photoshop and indesign were open and while the file was highlighted in win explorer. Again I made some changes in photoshop and the psd saved with no problems. Also there were no problems saving either the Indesign or Illustrator documents, and the photoshop updates also flowed nicely into those documents. So, whatever the problem is, I could not replicate it under the above described situation. My view? I subscribe to Creative Cloud, and always keep everything updated, as well as keeping windows 7 updated automatically. Rigorous updating avoids most if not all problems. By the way, I also had background save turned on in photoshop during this test.

                                                        • 185. Re: "Could not save (file name) because the file is already in use or left open."
                                                          IzeB Community Member

                                                          I had the same problem, I disabled the "save in background feature" which totally remove the problem in a blink of an eye.

                                                          This feels to to me that that background process is the bad guy here. It sais the file has been changed since you last opened or saved it.

                                                          Changed, but not by me or any other outside program, changed by the Photoshop save in background feature.

                                                          Can anyone confirm/reproduce this?

                                                          I didn't have time to read this huge the whole thread so if this been discussed before, i apologize!

                                                          I really would like the Autosave feature to work though, hope this hint helps someone.

                                                          • 186. Re: "Could not save (file name) because the file is already in use or left open."
                                                            grndrm Community Member

                                                            IzeB wrote:

                                                             

                                                            I had the same problem, I disabled the "save in background feature" which totally remove the problem in a blink of an eye.

                                                            This feels to to me that that background process is the bad guy here. It sais the file has been changed since you last opened or saved it.

                                                            Changed, but not by me or any other outside program, changed by the Photoshop save in background feature.

                                                            Can anyone confirm/reproduce this?

                                                            I didn't have time to read this huge the whole thread so if this been discussed before, i apologize!

                                                            I really would like the Autosave feature to work though, hope this hint helps someone.

                                                            I can confirm this. Using Win7 and Photoshop CS6. Never had the problem before today. Turning off the Save in Background stops the error message.

                                                             

                                                            It started after I copied several site folders to a new drive. Using Photoshop as always but now when saving I get the error "Could not save "E:\...\filename.pds" because the file is already in use or was left open by another application."

                                                             

                                                            It now occurs with a given PSD file on the orig C: drive and the new E: drive. With background save activated, the only way to save to the same filename is by choosing save while closing Photoshop. Very frustrating since the autosave function is important to me.

                                                            • 187. Re: "Could not save (file name) because the file is already in use or left open."
                                                              christina.caldwell Community Member

                                                              Although i see Chris is very passionate about blaming other applications, I found the error to in fact be within PhotoShop. Along with others, I was able to solve this issue by turning off "Save in Background" and changing "Image Previews" to "Never Save".

                                                              • 188. Re: "Could not save (file name) because the file is already in use or left open."
                                                                c.pfaffenbichler Community Member

                                                                Could it be that you misunderstand what is happening and it is actually the OS that messes up when Photosshop is saving files?

                                                                Or are you fairly certain you understand the issue better than an actual programmer with decades of experience like Mr.Cox?

                                                                • 189. Re: "Could not save (file name) because the file is already in use or left open."
                                                                  boo radley 2013 Community Member

                                                                  This is happening to me as well.

                                                                   

                                                                  I will try to save an image, so I select 'save as' and I give it a new filename. Then when I hit 'save' the error message pops up. So I then repeat the process (save as, give it a new filename again, hit save again) and then it works. Happens randomly, but more often than not. The file isn't open in any other application. I can't figure it out.

                                                                  • 190. Re: "Could not save (file name) because the file is already in use or left open."
                                                                    Noel Carboni Community Member

                                                                    What do you have on your system that fools with files?  Anti-malware software?  A search indexer?  A third party thumbnailing package?

                                                                     

                                                                    Boo, what system do you have?

                                                                     

                                                                    -Noel

                                                                    • 192. Re: "Could not save (file name) because the file is already in use or left open."
                                                                      lester_de_meyer Community Member

                                                                      Hello people,

                                                                       

                                                                      Here another one experiencing this annoying error when trying to save files.

                                                                      Is it Windows, Mac, Adobe? I really don't know.

                                                                      I am not here to blame someone. I just want a proper solution.

                                                                      As you can see people are having this issue for at least 5 years now.

                                                                       

                                                                      What I can say is:

                                                                      - I am using a desktop Quadcore 64 bit PC with Windows 7, Photoshop CC. 6 GIG RAM installed.

                                                                      - I am not working across a network.

                                                                      - My file is not opened elsewhere. Windows Explorer is closed, Bridge is closed. So I am not having a preview somewhere which could maybe cause this error.

                                                                      - It's a Windows machine, so it's not Spotlight or Coverflow.

                                                                      - I use a lot of apps from Creative Cloud, I never had any problems saving with all the other applications.  If it would be a Windows or Mac issue, wouldn't I have experienced the same errors with the other apps like Illustrator, Flash, Indesign, etc...? In my scenario this error ONLY occurs in Photoshop.

                                                                      - If the problem is caused by the OS, isn't it a coincidence that Windows and Mac users are having the exact same problem?

                                                                      - When having these errors, it seems the bigger the files are the more frequent I get this error.

                                                                      Now I'm actually stuck from yesterday now. I can't save my psb-file anymore. (2,79 GIG)

                                                                      Yes it is big, the psb-file is holding 13 high-res images to work in. This was never a problem before.

                                                                      As I have read a psb can go to 4 exabytes (= 4 million terrabytes), so this can't be the problem.

                                                                       

                                                                      Is it maybe possible to re-create my scenario? I have a feeling it has a lot to do with the size of the file.

                                                                      This is maybe the reason it is hard to re-create the error? I don't know.

                                                                      With smaller files I (almost) never see this error.

                                                                       

                                                                      Wheither I am saving to psd or psb, the error stays.

                                                                      - I have enough space on my harddisk for the (possible) needed temp-files to be created too.

                                                                       

                                                                      What I have tried so far:

                                                                      -"Save as" (with a new name) doesn't work.

                                                                      - Save to another location doesn't work either. Which in the past could solve it.

                                                                      - Even saving it as a "JPG" doesn't seem to work anymore.

                                                                      - Sometimes when I save the file and getting the good old error, I can see a temp file created with a weird name with ".tmp' as extension.

                                                                        If I rename the file (+ adding the correct extension), sometimes if I'm lucky I can use the file. Sometimes not.

                                                                      - As mentioned in the forum, I downloaded a "unlocker" software. Tried, no luck.

                                                                      - In Photoshop "Preferences/File Handling" I unchecked "Save in Background", no luck.

                                                                      - In Photoshop "Preferences/File Handling" I changed "Image Previews" to "Never Save", no luck.

                                                                      - Reinstalled Photoshop, no luck.

                                                                       

                                                                      Does anyone please has some more possibilities to try?

                                                                       

                                                                      And yes, I realize the error points to ANOTHER APPLICATION. An EXTERNAL problem.
                                                                      A good thing that Photoshop gives you an error description instead of a 'wrong' save.

                                                                      What am I supposed to do? In my case contact Windows? And be pointed back again to Adobe?

                                                                       

                                                                      This only happens in Photoshop (CS5.5 and CC) on two different operating systems.

                                                                      I never, ever see this error with other software. Or like I said even other software from Adobe.

                                                                       

                                                                      My colleague has exactly the same issue but with 1 difference, he has CS5.5 installed instead of CC.

                                                                       

                                                                      Don't get me wrong Chris. I love the whole Adobe Package very, very much.

                                                                      I think Photoshop is an amazing program, IT IS magic!

                                                                      But this issue is a pain in the #ss BIGTIME.

                                                                       

                                                                      I think more (deeper) research on this subject has to come from you guys, not Windows or Apple.

                                                                      Even if it is an OS-issue, wouldn't you want to know what is going on?

                                                                      Pointing us to Windows or Apple is not a solution for us.

                                                                      You guys from Adobe have more power than we do towards Windows and Apple to get to the bottom of this, at last.

                                                                       

                                                                      A big peace Adobe!

                                                                       

                                                                      And please help

                                                                      Kind Regards.

                                                                      Lester.

                                                                      • 193. Re: "Could not save (file name) because the file is already in use or left open."
                                                                        annettemsturgeon@sbcgloba Community Member

                                                                        I only use bridge and CS6 and I have the same problem.  No other app is open.

                                                                        • 194. Re: "Could not save (file name) because the file is already in use or left open."
                                                                          BJN3 Community Member

                                                                          I've also never seen this problem with any other application. Nothing else in the Adobe suite. Only Photoshop. I haven't run into the error in a while (knock wood) and I'm sorry to see it's still out there.

                                                                          • 195. Re: "Could not save (file name) because the file is already in use or left open."
                                                                            lester_de_meyer Community Member

                                                                            I would have been nice someone from Adobe responded.

                                                                            It is also nice to see the bug is STILL THERE in the newest version of Photoshop CC (2014)

                                                                            I really don't get it...

                                                                             

                                                                            Try the Facebookpage and send a bug report now I suppose?

                                                                            I don't know what to do else...

                                                                             

                                                                            Kind Regards,
                                                                            Lester.

                                                                            • 196. Re: "Could not save (file name) because the file is already in use or left open."
                                                                              Noel Carboni Community Member

                                                                              I had what I thought might be this very problem for the first time yesterday, but it turned out to be this forum software at fault.

                                                                               

                                                                              Specifically I annotated a screen grab in Photoshop, saved a PNG, and closed the document from Photoshop.  I uploaded the screen grab PNG image into a forum post.  Then I noticed an error I'd made in the image, so I made another screen grab and went through the whole process again.  When I went to "Save As" the image to the same filename again, Photoshop claimed I wasn't allowed because the file was open.  However, the real problem turned out to be that the forum uploader process hadn't let loose of the file after finishing the upload (not surprising, this forum software is ridiculously buggy).  Closing the Internet Explorer window freed up my ability to save the file again.

                                                                               

                                                                              I've kept an eye out for this problem, and I just haven't seen it happen with Photoshop.  I've worked with lots of files and I've worked with very large files.  I've also worked with the latest release quite a bit.  No problems.

                                                                               

                                                                              Some possibly pertinent facts:  I have disabled Windows Indexing, because it doesn't work right or well anyway and I have a fast I/O subsystem which is happy to produce results from an honest search (opposed to indexed) immediately anyway.  I also don't use Microsoft's "File History" feature, preferring instead to rely on a real backup solution.  Is it possible Microsoft's Indexing or File History features are interfering on others' systems?  I can't say.  Could it be systems with slower I/O subsystems may experience timing problems I'm not seeing here?  That seems unlikely, because every system has different timing, but it's within the realm of possibility.

                                                                               

                                                                              Those of you experiencing the problem need to carefully consider what it is you have set up on your systems - anti-malware software, disk management software, OS feature settings, etc.  I'd suggest listing your even remotely pertinent settings, software, etc. here because though the problem may be obvious to you, it's not happening everywhere and others are simply not able to reproduce it.

                                                                               

                                                                              I wish you the best of luck.  I know I would not be able to stand having this kind of problem.

                                                                               

                                                                              -Noel

                                                                              • 197. Re: "Could not save (file name) because the file is already in use or left open."
                                                                                Chris Cox Adobe Employee

                                                                                Please see previous discussions. This is not a bug in Photoshop. Photoshop is only informing you of the error that was returned from the OS software.  If Photoshop gives you that error, then something else on your system has that file open or locked.

                                                                                • 198. Re: "Could not save (file name) because the file is already in use or left open."
                                                                                  lester_de_meyer Community Member

                                                                                  Hi people,

                                                                                   

                                                                                  To Noel:

                                                                                   

                                                                                  First of all, thank you very much for the sympathy! I was glad to read your positive opinion.

                                                                                  I also understand it's hard to provide a working solution if the problem can not be reproduced.

                                                                                   

                                                                                  I now have disabled 'Microsoft's Indexing'. And it seems to work right now. Photoshop saves the files as it should be in 1 click again.

                                                                                  Knock on wood and hope it stays this way. I don't experience extra problems in Windows with the disabled search indexing too.

                                                                                   

                                                                                  I followed this, it might come in handy for others with the same problem working on Windows 7.

                                                                                  http://www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/disable-search-indexing-in-windows-7/

                                                                                   

                                                                                  It seems to be solved with my colleague also. I tested it by saving a whole bunch of psb's starting from 1/2 GIG and doubling up to about 30 GIG.

                                                                                  No problem anymore.

                                                                                   

                                                                                  Thanx Noel, keep up the good work!

                                                                                   

                                                                                   

                                                                                  To Chris:

                                                                                   

                                                                                  You don't have any idea how much time we already lost with this terrible BUG.

                                                                                  We have to process A LOT of images up here. (in fashion: artwork on clothes, print, web, mobile, etc.)

                                                                                  Each season you get to find 2 people here (with the same problem), groaning, moaning and complaining like 2 stressed-out muppets.

                                                                                   

                                                                                  Now I took the time to read this gigantic thread and to write my post. Probably you are tired as hell of people saying this issue is a bug in Photoshop while

                                                                                  not finding a proper solution or not be able to reproduce the problem. I understand, I really do!

                                                                                  But like I said, the (by now) "standard" answer you provide doesn't help us. It looks like you didn't read my post very good.

                                                                                   

                                                                                  My doubts remain of not being a bug in Photoshop. (or an unsolved issue)

                                                                                  Were it keeps failing on a "save" or a "save as", "save for the web" ALWAYS worked.

                                                                                  Now where lies the difference then? The OS is the same.

                                                                                   

                                                                                  I stick to my opinion on this issue. It is not up to us to tweak our operating system (or install other software to unlock files) to make Photoshop work.

                                                                                  We never had to before. A better cooperation with Windows or Apple would be better. But who am I to say so?

                                                                                   

                                                                                  Anyway I hope it stays like it is right now.

                                                                                  Peace Chris!

                                                                                   

                                                                                  Have a nice day!

                                                                                  Kind Regards,

                                                                                  Lester.

                                                                                  • 199. Re: "Could not save (file name) because the file is already in use or left open."
                                                                                    Noel Carboni Community Member

                                                                                    Thanks for the confirmation that disabling indexing helped, Lester.

                                                                                     

                                                                                    For what it's worth, the procedure you followed is not complete - it could leave your Windows 7 system in a state where it will complain in an ongoing fashion or where searches (which without indexing should fall back to reading files in real time) won't work.

                                                                                     

                                                                                    Here are excerpts from my book detailing the whole procedure:

                                                                                     

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                                                                                    -Noel