Can't Save a File

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After the last big security patch on my XP system, I find that I can no longer save files with any name other than the name the file has when I open it. For example, if I open a blank Excel spreadsheet, do my work and then want to save it as whatever.xls, Excel gives me an error message that the folder is not accessible. I can only save the file with the default name of book1.xls -- then I must go into the folder and change the file name manually. Do you have any ideas how I can fix this?


I can't think what might cause that... anyone got a clue?

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Posted by:

Nathan Hoy
10 Aug 2005

One possibility:

I'd check your permissions to the directory. You may not be able to create new files.

1. Right click on the directory in Windows Explorer and click "Properties".

2. Check under the "Security" tab and make sure that you either have all of the regular permissions (Modify, Read&Execute, List, Read, Write) checked, or if you have "Special Permissions" checked click on the "Advanced" button and make sure your username shows up in the list with "Full Control".

If you don't have permissions to Write, at least, you won't be able to save new files.

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11 Aug 2005

Have you tried uninstalling and then reinstalling Excel? Do you defrag, check for spyware, and run a utities program like Norton or Defender Pro to check and clean redundant files from the the drives and registry on a regular basis? These are some of the things that I would try.

Posted by:

G Ramos
11 Aug 2005

What exactly are you trying to name your files? Are you using any forbidden characters, such as the forward slash "/"?

If so, try giving the file a simple name using only alphanumeric characters to ensure that this is not the problem.

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11 Aug 2005

Have you checked for MS Office updates? A friend of mine had similar problems. It only affected Office programs (Excel, Word, etc.). After installing the latest Office updates it went away.

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13 Aug 2005

I've had this happen once. The next day my computer wouldn't boot. The hard drive had to be replaced.

Posted by:

05 Aug 2010

I was in similar proposition some times. But every time I couldn't determine a problem. Moreover every time I was disappointed, because of I had the problem with my working excel files and boss told me off. But luckily for me several weeks ago I again came across with like problem and by accident use the Google and found out - recover Excel. It solved my trouble within the seconds and easy. I haven't been coming upon like problems since that moment. I hope this software will relieve you... It has a lot of capabilities and one of them would be solve your trouble.

Posted by:

Jan Owen
01 May 2011

Hey, Bob. I sync two Windows OS smartphones with 1 computer (Vista) for contacts, calendar, and some shared files. Is there any way to save my Word grocery list in both my smartphone folder and my husband's smartphone folder at the same time so I don't have to update one and copy it to the other's folder before we sync? Whoever has the updated file is invariably not the one who ends up at the store. . . .

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