Cannot Save a File in Microsoft Word
Hopefully, you've found this article before you gave up. Here's the steps
when you've got your document open and you can't save your file.
If you are trying to save your file to a floppy disk,
- Close all other applications and programs. Nothing too fancy, just make
sure nothing else is open.
Hit Ctrl+Alt+Del and make sure no applications are running on the
Applications tab, and check that nothing was left running that you've closed.
Acrobat is a good one—it often stays running on my
PC after I shut it down. PhotoDraw from Office 2000 Premium also likes to stay
in my task list. Of course, my task list below shows many open processes, but
yours should really only show Word that's recognizable. All the rest is system
stuff. End task on anything you know you don't need right now. Especially if
there's big numbers in the memory usage column.
Hit StartàRun and type %temp%
and hit Enter. Delete any and all files you can. This may also free up some
Try saving your file again. If it won't work, we're down to
the last resort, really. Open WordPad from StartàProgramsàAccessoriesàWordPad.
Copy your entire Word doc (Ctrl+A, Ctrl+C) and paste it into a WordPad
document, and save it. I cannot promise that everything will be salvaged
perfectly. Close that file.
Hit your power button. Yes. Do NOT end task or end process on
Word! Let your PC sit a few seconds to completely shut down. Restart it.
Launch Word. You should be given the opportunity to recover the file from the
last time it was auto-saved. Save your file.
The very next opportunity you get,
clean up your hard
drive. If Word continues to give problems saving after that, then
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