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Is it ok to edit a file if someone else is currently viewing it?

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I seem to be having troubling finding an answer to this question. I want to edit a file (Word document) and Dropbox says that someone else is currently viewing the file. Is it ok for me to edit it, or do I need to ask the viewer to close the file?

Thank you,


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Re: Is it ok to edit a file if someone else is currently viewing it?

Hey @ckurby, if you need a quick-fire answer, then that would be: Yes, → To avoid any conflicted copies' creation, we recommend that when you see another person editing — you’ll see the red Dropbox badge with the lock icon — you'd best coordinate with that person to take turns editing.
If you and another person both have unsaved changes — you’ll see the red Dropbox badge with the exclamation mark — we recommend that you use “Save As” to save a separate version of the file that you can work in, until the other person is done editing.
Hopefully this points you towards the right direction & please do let me know my advice works for you in your next post here. Thanks & happy Dropboxing ahead! 


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