Deleting duplicate Word docs

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I have many Word documents that are in my system 2X each. I right-clicked on my mouse to delete some and none will delete. How do I get rid of the abundance of Word docs I have?

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  • Ben Rubenstein
    There are a number of duplicate file finder programs out there, but I'm wary of suggesting a particular one because I haven't used them and they could introduce malware to your system if you're not careful. One option that could work is to create a new folder on your (labeled something like "Duplicate files") and copy and drag the contents of your documents folder there -- it should automatically recognize the existence of two files with the same name and ask if you want to replace one with the other. This won't work, of course, if the duplicate files have slightly different names (for example, an added (1) on the end of the file name). 
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  • jailall101
    i was also about to suggest a duplicate finder program, but you mentioned that none will delete. Why is that? Do you have permissions to the files, because if you don't then even the duplicate finder program wouldn't be able to delete them.
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  • TomLiotta
    At least under some past circumstances, I've been able to delete by moving the stubborn file into a temporarily create folder. Then delete the folder. At least once, I moved the files to a mapped folder first.Tom
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