Easy Fix: You dont have permission to save in this location

Trying to save a file only to be greeted with this You don’t have permission to save in this location error message?

You’re not alone. But don’t worry, it’s quite easy to fix…

Try these fixes

All the screenshots below are from Windows 10, but the fixes work in Windows 8 & 7 too.

You may not have to try all of the fixes; just work your way down the list until the error message goes away.

  1. Grant permission to the current user account
  2. Give administrator privileges to the effected file/folder
  3. Change the owner of the effected file/folder

Fix 1: Grant permission to the current user account

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key  and R at the same time, then copy & paste netplwiz into the box and press Enter.

2) Click on the account where you have the You dont have permission to save in this location error and click Properties.

3) Click the Administrator option. Then click Apply > OK.

4) Restart your computer, save the file in that location again and see if it works.

Fix 2: Give administrator privileges to the effected file/folder

1) Right-click on the file/folder where you have error saving the location and click Properties.

2) Click Security > Advanced.

3) Make sure the first two rows are granted Full control. If not, click edit to change accordingly.

4) Again save the file/folder and hopefully it works now.

Fix 3: Change the owner of the effected file/folder

Steps 1) and 2) is to retrieve our current Windows user name.

I’m using Windows 10:

I’m using Windows 8/7:

 

I’m using Windows 10:

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and type account. Then click on Manage your account.

2) The name in bold is your current user name. You might have to remember it for later use.

I’m using Windows 8/7:

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and type account. Then click on User accounts.

2) You’ll easily see your Windows user name next to the user’s profile picture.

 

Steps 3) to 7) are to change the ownership of the effected file/folder.

3) Right-click on the affected file/folder and click Properties.

4) Click Security > Advanced.

5) Click Change.

6) Type your Windows user name, click Check Names > OK.

7) Click Apply. Then click OK once asked to confirm. Click OK.

8) Save the file/folder and see if the error message disappears.

 

There you go – 3 easy fixes for your You don’t have permission to save in this location problem. Hope this helps and feel free to share your ideas with us in the comment section below. 🙂

By Enya Zhang

Enya is a writer at supereasy.com who spends most of her working hours scouring the web to find the best bargains and deals for her readers. A job that combines her two great loves: writing and shopping. She's an introextrovert who loves being out and about, hanging out with friends and exploring new things, but also enjoys staying home and unleashing her inner nerd - reading, getting hands-on with the latest tech, and binge watching clever TV shows and movies.

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