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how do you delete files that say you can't delete them?

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May 14, 2012 9:01 AM

I'm trying to delete several files (one, an application; the other, an Excel file) but whenever I move them to the trash, I get an error message. The Application (Skype) error says I have to unlock the file, but after I unlock it (using File->Get Info) and I type in the administrator password, it gets me back to the beginning and I have to do the whole thing over and over again.

When I try to delete Excel file, i get a dialogue box that says "The operation can’t be completed because the item “NY alumni list.xls” is in use." But the file is only being used by me; even after I make a small change and resave it and then try to delete it, i get the same error message repeatedly.

i'm wondering if the files are corrupted or something and if so, how do I get rid of them?

Mac Book Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
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