QUICK TIP: Problems Checking In Files in SharePoint

I’ve run into this a lot while creating new css documents in SharePoint Designer. I’ve also had this issue when uploading images from my machine to Designer.

I get the following alert prompt – ‘We can’t do that for you because the file is no longer checked out or has been deleted.’

Notice here I created a new css document.


When I go to check the file in – there’s that dreaded error and it doesn’t check my file in.


I finally realized that updating the TITLE of the file allowed the check in to work. If you right click the file and go to PROPERTIES you’ll see that the TITLE is just defaulted to the path of the file you created. Update that to what you want and click OK.


Checked in fine now!!! Hope I saved you some head aches.



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4 Responses

  1. Tom says:

    Hi, this helped SO MUCH!! I really appreciate your answer. We had this issue and thought it was something server side, but it turns out from what I’ve read it was just someone messing with required fields under Site Content types.

  2. keshav says:

    didnt work when i try it it give me the same error

    • Sonny says:

      can you give me some more info – what are you trying to check in – using sharepoint designer? have you tried publishing or checking in from the site through your browser?


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