Modify or disable Mac OS X Lion’s file locking feature
Whenever you try to modify a file that you have not touched in over two weeks, you’ll receive the following message:
The file [File Name] is locked because you haven’t made any changes to it recently.
What causes this issue
This happens because the files which have not been changed for 2 weeks (by default) are automatically locked by OS X Lion. This is to prevent accidental auto-save changes from modifying your files.
How to solve it
To modify or disable file locking feature in Mac OS Lion follow the steps.
Open the System Preferences from the Apple menu on the top left.
To disable file locking feature, uncheck the box next to
Lock documents [2 weeks] after last edit.
To change the time interval between file locking, click the drop-down list and choose
- Click the “Save” button.
Now you wouldn’t get the annoying prompt.
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