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When I try to delete a file which is in use, the alert gives me 3 options: "Skip", "Stop", "Continue".

I know "Stop" means to cancel this action.

But "Skip" and "Continue" seems to have the same result that is the file has not been deleted.

What is the difference between "Skip" and "Continue" in an alert?

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Assume that you are deleting entire folder containing 3 (just random) files. Let us name them file-1, file-2, file-3.

Now consider file-1 is in use, so system could not permit your request to delete that file, while remaining files(file-2 & file-3) are not being used currently.

So in this case when the process of deleting entire folder starts it will try to delete file-1 but since it's in use it will ask you these options.



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UPDATE: Your Case

In your case there might be just one-file, so when you click Continue, it would try to terminate the process using it and delete. But wouldn't be able to terminate the process using it(that file). So you can not be able to delete it (Alike Skip).


Continue means to keep retrying, this might run the risk of the current operation being a blocker for the remaining operations in the queue.

Skip means to skip this operation and proceed to the next task in the queue.

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