I have a problem with 2011 version. There are few components marked with a little lock and I can´t figure out how to unlock it. I am afraid that it was locked by a person, who is no longer in my company.


I need to edit the content of these components at 05C. I have tried to use the "check-out" and "undo check-out" buttons, but nothing really changed.

How can I unlock it?

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    You'll probably need a user with Administration privileges to unlock the component through the CME. Failing that, they can be checked-in via the Core Service API. Jan 10 '14 at 11:50
  • I think the file is opened by some user. When an item is opened by a user it shows lock icon.
    – Ajo Mathew
    Jan 10 '14 at 12:30
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    I changed "folders" to "components," which I'm pretty sure is what you meant.
    – Alvin Reyes
    Jan 10 '14 at 23:09
  • Also consider voting for this idea to give certain non-admins some ability to check-in items they don't own: ideas.sdltridion.com/ideas/detail.asp?i=1587.
    – Alvin Reyes
    Jan 10 '14 at 23:10

Open the item and check the "Locked by" section on the Info tab. Then contact that person.

If it's a system account, the item is likely locked by workflow and needs to go through the workflow process to unlock.

If it's locked by a person who no longer works there, you'll need a Tridion Administrator to unlock the item for you.


You can do the same using database query if you have acsess to tridion CM database

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    Executing queries directly on the DB is not supported. Jan 11 '14 at 21:57
  • That is true that running Queries directly on DB is not Supported. But sometimes you don't have option other than this. Here we are talking in terms of a developer not a Content Editor, So I think one should know all the ways of to resolve a problem.
    – AlokBhatt
    Jan 12 '14 at 16:40

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