Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Are you Unable to save your Excel file? Here is the solution

Yesterday I was reading Excel forums and observed that a common problem was bothering most of the users. Users were facing problem while saving their Excel files. So lets discuss it. Sometime you can not save your Excel file due to numerous reasons. The reasons are:
  • You are trying to save your Excel file to a location where sufficient disk space is not available.
  • Some anti virus program is creating problem.
  • You are trying to save a shared Excel file.
  • You are trying to save your Excel file to a network drive with restricted permission.
  • You have entered more than 218 characters in file path while saving Excel file.
  • Third party add ins


Backup before Troubleshoot: Now before discussing the solution, first I would suggest you to create a usable, saved version of your Excel file. It will help you in recovery of data if below methods fail. You can create backup by one on the following options:

Save with new name
1.Go to File-> Save As.
2.Give your file a new name.

Save in HTML format
1.Go to File-> Save As.
2.Now in the Save As Type dialog box, click Web Page and Ok.

Save in different file format
1.Go to File-> Save As.
2.Now in the Save As Type dialog box, save your file with .xlsx or .xlsm extension.

Resolve Excel save issue

Save your Excel file to some other location: Try to save your Excel file to a new hard disk, floppy disk or network drive. If you are able to save your Excel file that means your system has one of the following problem
  1. Antivirus is conflicting with your Excel file: If antivirus is installed on your system then uninstall it because its scanning process may conflict with Excel save process.
  2. Exceed file name limit: You have entered more than 128 characters in path while saving your Excel file.
  3. Disk space is not sufficient: Save your file to a disk that has sufficient space otherwise you won’t be able to save your Excel file.
Save a new Excel file at the original file location:
  1. First create a new Excel sheet.
  2. Go to File-> Save As.
  3. Save this file on the same location where you have saved your original Excel file.
If now you are able to save your file that means in the original file either you have entered a long file name or you file was in a shared mode.

Restart Windows in safe mode:
If above two solutions fail then open your Windows in safe mode and then try to save your Excel sheet.

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