Fix: Word cannot complete the save due to a file permission error [Solved]

Many Windows users have reported problems while attempting to save a word document after altering it. The users were unable to save the word document, and it displayed an error message that stated, “Word cannot complete the save due to a file permission error followed by the path of the word file on the system“.

Users were dissatisfied since they didn’t know what to do or how to move from there. We did a lot of investigation and came up with a few points as to what was creating this problem.

  1. Name conflict of the word file.
  2. Unsupported Add-ins
  3. Corrupted word registry
  4. Saving the word file in a different unsupported format

Keeping in mind all of the problems raised in this article, we have prepared a few solutions that will undoubtedly help users properly save the word file. If you have experienced such a problem, please read this post to learn more.

Fix 1 – Use a Different Word file name or different format

Typically, these types of problems arise on the system when using any MS office application or any text editor due of a conflicting file name or saving in an invalid format.

As a result, it is advised that you double-check the file name and format type, and then try a another filename and pick the supported file format. Let us see how to do it using the simple steps given below.

Step 1: Open the Word file by double clicking on it.

Step 2: Once it opens, edit the word file and go to File on the top bar menu as shown in the below screenshot.


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Step 3: In the File menu, select Save As option from the list on the left side as shown below.


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Step 4: On the right side, click Browse to open the Save As window to select the location, filename and format to save the word file.


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Step 5: Once the Save As window opens, give a suitable filename that does not exists that is not been used before.

Step 6: Then pick a valid and supported Save as type from the dropdown list.


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Step 7: Finally, click Save at the bottom of the Save As window as shown below.


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That’s it. This should allow the user to save the word file without any issue.

Fix 2 – Repair Corrupted Word file using Open and Repair option

Sometimes the problem is triggered by a corrupted word file that the user was about to save. These damaged files generally cause one or more problems on the system.

The word processing application has a tool that allows you to open and restore damaged files. Follow the instructions below to learn how to utilise the open and repair option in the Word app.

Step 1: Open a Word app on the system by pressing the windows key and typing word.

Step 2: Pick the Word app from the search results as shown below.


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Step 3: Click Blank document from the options shown.




Step 4: Once the word app opens up, tap on File on the top menu bar as shown below.


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Step 5: Then, click Open option from the left menu panel and on the right side, tap on Browse to open the window.


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Step 6: Browse to the corrupted file and click on it to select it.

Step 7: After selecting the file, click on downward arrow button next to Open button to see all the options.

Step 8: Click Open and Repair option from the dropdown as shown below.


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Step 9: As soon as you click Open and Repair, it will open the corrupted file after repairing it.

Hope this fixed your issue.


Fix 3 – Turn Off Virus and Threat protection and Controlled Folder Access via Windows Security

Windows Security is a built-in security technology provided by Microsoft to protect the system against malware attacks. This protection frequently causes these types of problems if it detects a danger to any file or software obtained from the internet.

As a result, it is preferable to temporarily stop the virus and threat protection option in the Windows Security software, as demonstrated by the easy steps below.

Step 1: Open the Windows Security app by pressing the windows key and typing windows security.

Step 2: Then, pick the Windows Security app from the results as shown below.


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Step 3: Once it opens, select the Virus & threat protection option from the left panel.

Step 4: Then, click the Manage settings under Virus & threat protection settings as shown below.


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Step 5: Click on toggle switch of Real-time protection to turn it Off as shown below.

NOTE: Accept the UAC prompt to continue by clicking Yes.


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Step 6: After that scroll down the page and select Manage Controlled folder access below Controlled folder access.


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Step 7: Click on its toggle switch to turn it Off the Controlled folder access.


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Step 8: Once done, close the Windows Security app.

Step 9: Also turn off any third-party anti-virus software that was installed on your system.


Fix 4 – Try opening Word app in Safe mode and disable the Add-ins

Running applications on a system that has been launched in safe mode is more effective in terms of utilising it without problems.

As a result, we urge that our customers launch the Word app in safe mode and disable any add-ins that have been downloaded and installed from third-party sources.

Let’s have a look at how this may be accomplished utilising the techniques listed below.

Step 1: Open the Run command box by pressing the Windows and R keys together.

Step 2: Type winword /safe in the textbox of Run box and press Enter key to open the word app in safe mode.


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Step 3: After the word app opens, click on File on the top menu bar as shown below.


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Step 4: Select Open option from the left panel and then click Browse to select the file to open it.


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Step 5: Once it is done editing, try saving the file without any issues.

Step 6: Meanwhile also, go to File > Options.


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Step 7: In the Options window, click Add-ins option on the left side and select COM Add-ins from the dropdown list and click Go.


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Step 8: In the COM Add-ins window, there will be all the add-ins listed that are available.

Step 9: Please uncheck all of them and click OK.


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Fix 5 – Keep your Windows system updated

Because Microsoft publishes updates on a regular basis to keep the system updated with more upgraded software for drivers and other components, it is critical to keep the system up to date at all times.

Let us see how to do it with steps briefly explained below.

Step 1: Press the Windows and X keys together on the keyboard to view the context menu of Start button and then press n key to open Settings app.

Step 2: Click the Windows Update option on the left side menu of the Settings app.


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Step 3: Then, tap on Check for updates on the right corner of the Windows Update page.


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Step 4: If there are any updates available, please download and install them all.

Step 5: Restart the system once to make those changes take effect.


Fix 6 – Restart the Windows Search Service via Services window

The Windows Search service is in charge of property caching, content indexing, and so on. So, if this service is interrupted or something goes wrong with it, this sort of problem arises.

So, as mentioned below, let us restart the Windows search service via the services window.

Step 1: Press the Windows + R keys together to open the Run command box.

Step 2: Type services.msc in the run box and press Enter key.


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Step 3: This will open the Services window.

Step 4: Then, look for Windows Search service and right-click on it.

Step 5: Click Restart from the context menu and wait till it restarts it.


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Step 6: Once done, close the services window.