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How To Fix "You don’t have permission to save in this location" Error

How To Fix "You don’t have permission to save in this location" Error In Windows 10

When working on documents and other files such as a .jpg or a .doc/.docx (Word file), saving them to specific folders should not present any problems, however, the "You don’t have permission to save in this location" error can be received by Windows users trying to save a file to a particular folder. The error message also recommends contacting the administrator to obtain permission and to save the file in Documents (or another) folder.

If you receive the "You don’t have permission to save in this location" error, it indicates that you are unable to modify files and folders on the computer and need special permissions to do so. The error can appear on any Windows operating system, especially those on which the hard disk is formatted with an earlier version of the Windows NTFS file system. To fix this issue, you might need to apply solutions such as giving full control to administrators, disabling User Account Control, etc. In the guide below, we describe several possible solutions to the problem.

NOTE: Before you start, we recommend that you disable any third-party antivirus software installed on the computer and see if this solves the problem. Some users have reported that disabling antivirus software such as Kaspersky, BitDefender or Avast solved the problem and removed the "You don’t have permission to save in this location" error (at least temporarily). It is possible that your antivirus software has changed the system security settings, and as a result, causes the error when attempting to save files.

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Disable User Account Control

User Account Control (UAC) is a Windows security feature that prevents the operating system from making unauthorized changes. These changes could otherwise be made by users, applications, or even viruses. User Account Control is responsible for ensuring that any changes are made by an administrator by obtaining approval first. When you attempt to make important changes, Windows User Account Control verifies if you actually want to allow a particular app to make changes to the device. At this point, you must give permission, otherwise changes are not approved or executed. Generally, you are advised to leave User Account Control enabled, however, disabling it might resolve the "You don’t have permission to save in this location" error. To disable User Account Control, type "user account control" in Search and click the "Change User Account Control settings" result.

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Now, move the slider to the "Never notify" position and click "OK" to save the changes. This will stop Windows from notifying you when apps attempt to install software or make changes to the computer, and when you make changes to Windows settings. To save the changes, you must be logged into an administrator account. See if this fixes the "You don’t have permission to save in this location" error.

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Give Administrative Permission To The Current User

Give your current account administrative permissions using the group membership options. Right-click the Start Menu and select "Run" from the contextual menu, or simply press the Windows (Win) key + R on the keyboard.

give administrative permission to the current user step 1

In the Run dialog box, type "netplwiz" and press Enter or click "OK".

give administrative permission to the current user step 2

In the User Accounts window, select the account that is producing the "You don’t have permission to save in this location" error and click "Properties".

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In the User Properties window, click the "Group Membership" tab and ensure that the "Administrator" option is selected. Click "Apply" to save the changes and try to save the file again to see if you are still receiving the "You don’t have permission to save in this location" error.

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Give Full Control To Administrators

If you do not have permission to save to a particular location, your account might not have full control over the files and folders. You may be able to solve this problem by giving full control to the administrators group. To change these security settings, right-click the problematic folder and select "Properties" from the contextual menu.

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Go to the "Security" tab. You should see that "Full control" is not allowed. Click "Edit...".

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Now, select the "Administrators" account and check the "Full control" checkbox under the "Allow" section. Click "Apply" to save the changes.

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The problem should now be solved and you should not receive the "You don’t have permission to save in this location" error when trying to save your files into this particular folder.

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Run The Program As Administrator

Running a program without administrative privileges can cause the "You don’t have permission to save in this location" error. We recommend that you try to run the program as administrator. For example, if you are attempting to save a Word file and receive the error, run Word as administrator. Right-click the Word application (or other application giving the problem) and select "Run as administrator" from the contextual menu. Try to save the file and see if you still receive the error.

run the program as administrator step 1

If this solved the problem, you might want to run that application as administrator each time you run it without having to select "Run as administrator". To do so, right-click the application and select "Properties". Then, go to the "Compatibility" tab and check the "Run this program as an administrator" checkbox. Click "Apply" to save the changes.

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Save The File To A Different Location

This solution is not permanent and you will need to repeat it each time you save a file. If, however, you only need to save your files a few times, we recommend this simple workaround. Save your file to a different location and then move it back to the problematic folder that was producing the "You don’t have permission to save in this location" error.

We hope that this article was helpful and you were able to fix the "You don’t have permission to save in this location" error and are now able save your files to your desired location. If you know of other methods to solve this problem not mentioned in our guide, please share them with us by leaving a comment in the section below.

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