View Full Version : The operation cannot be completed because the item is in use

Sir Ruben
Aug 19, 2013, 06:26 AM
Nearly every time I try and copy a movie file from my Mac to my network drive lately I get the error 'The operation cannot be completed because the item is in use'.

I have not opened the item in Quicktime or VLC before attempting to copy or anything like that.

Its little things like this that really bug me. Something that should be SO simple you should NEVER have to even think about it.

So, how to I stop this annoyance?

Aug 19, 2013, 06:32 AM
Try restarting your mac; and read the popup. Make sure you check/uncheck the option not to reopen programs when it restarts.

Odds are it might be some other program using it that you may not realize is using it. A restart may help, let us know if this solves the issue.

Aug 19, 2013, 06:35 AM
I get this sometimes when trying to clear my trash.
A restart solves the issue.

Aug 19, 2013, 08:58 AM
You may not even need to do a full restart.

Just log out.
Then log back in.