Check out or check in a document

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Check out a document

In a document library

  1. Locate the document that you want to check out.

  2. Point to the document, click the arrow, and then click Check Out .

In an Office application

  1. On the File menu, click Open .

  2. In the Open dialog box, select Web folders from the Look in drop-down menu, locate the document that you want to check out, and then click Open .

  3. On the File menu, click Check Out .

Check in a document

In a document library

  1. Locate the document that you want to check in.

  2. Point to the document, click the arrow, and then click Check In .

  3. On the Check In page, do one of the following:

    • Select Check in document .

    • Select Check in changes saved to this document, but keep the document checked out .

    • Select Discard changes and undo check out .

  4. Enter any comments in the text box under Check In comments , and then click OK .

In an Office application

  1. On the File menu, click Check In .

  2. In the Check In Comments dialog box, enter any comments in the text box, and then click OK .

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