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Update Document in SharePoint not possible, because document is locked



I've build a flow that updates a SharePoint Document with a custom ID in a custom column. This flow works perfectly when you upload the document, but not when someone is still editing the Word document. This happens when they create a file with Word webapp or they Save to SharePoint from the Word desktop client. 


The Flow will get an error, because the user editing the document has a lock on the file.


How can I solve this? Is there a way to check if the lock is on and try later?




Jan-Willem Beekhuis

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Re: Update Document in SharePoint not possible, because document is locked

Hi @Beekhuis,


Could you please share a screenshot of your flow’s configuration?

Could you please show a bit more about custom ID in a custom column?

Further, do you want to overwrite a SharePoint document with a new file with same file name?


I have reproduced the issue on my side, there is no way to update the document when someone else is still editing the document in Microsoft Flow currently. Besides, I afraid that there is also no way to check if the file is locked in Microsoft Flow currently.


The effective way that I come with now is not running the flow until someone else finish editing the document.


Best regards,


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Re: Update Document in SharePoint not possible, because document is locked

This is an issue for me as well...I'm using the Trigger "When a file is created (properties only)" to initiate my flow and then 2 or 3 steps in I have to update a column in the SP File Library.  Sharepoint Online sometimes has a bit of a lag where the file looks like its open even though the editor is closed and the Flow reports a File Locked error.


I was able to somewhat get around this by putting a Delay 90 Seconds step right after the Trigger which helps...but still isnt perfect.


It would be much better if there was a SharePoint Flow Step "Pause until unlocked" that would halt the flow until the file lock is removed from the file.

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