You don't have permission to save changes to this file
You don’t have permission to save changes to this file

When processing documents and other files, such as.jpg or.doc/.docx (Word File), saving these to specific directories does not cause any issues. However, the error “You don’t have permission to save in this location” can be encountered by Windows users attempting to save a file to a specific folder. The warning message often advises contacting the administrator to receive approval and save the file in the Documents (or other) folder. 

If you get an error “You don’t have permission to save in this location” it means if you’re unable to change files and directories on your device and that you require special authorization to do so. The error can exist on any Windows operating system, particularly those upon which hard disk is configured with an earlier version of the Windows NTFS file system. To address this problem, you may need to implement solutions such as granting administrators complete access, disabling User Account Management, etc. In the guide below, we explain a variety of potential solutions to the dilemma.

How To Fix “You don’t have permission to save in this location” Error In Windows 10 – Special Note

Before you proceed, we suggest that you uninstall any third-party antivirus applications installed on your device to see whether this fixes the issue. Some users indicated that the issue was fixed by suppressing antivirus apps such as Kaspersky, BitDefender, or Avast and removed the “You don’t have permission to save in this location” bug (at least temporarily). 

It is likely that your antivirus program has modified the device protection settings and, as a consequence, triggered an error while trying to save data. But you need third-party antivirus software for the maximum protection of your device.   

You don’t have permission to save in this location – Fixes

Disable User Account Control:

User Account Control (UAC) is a protection function of Windows that prohibits the operating system from making unwanted modifications. Otherwise, consumers, programs, or even viruses may cause these amendments. User Account Control is responsible for ensuring that all modifications made by the administrator by first receiving consent. When you are attempting to make crucial changes, the Windows User Account Control can verify whether you really wish to authorize a specific program to make changes to the system. You must offer permission at this stage, or the modifications would not accept or implement. 

Generally, you are recommended to keep the User Account Control active, however, removing it can fix the “You don’t have permission to save in this location” problem. To disable User Account Control, type “user account control” in Search and press the “Change User Account Control settings” tab. 

Move the slider to the “Never notify” spot and press the “OK” button to save the adjustments. This would prohibit Windows from notifying you as applications try to update updates or make adjustments to your device, even when you make changes to Windows settings. You must sign in the admin privileges to save the modifications. See if this solves the error “You don’t have permission to save in this location”

Give Administrative Permission To The Current User:

Give your current account administrative privileges by utilizing group membership choices. Right-click the Start menu and choose “Run” from the menu bar, or just press the Windows (Win) + R key on the keyboard. 

  • Type “netplwiz” in the Run dialog box and click Enter or click “OK” 
  • In the User Accounts pane, pick the account that creates the error “You don’t have permission to save in this location” and press “Properties” 
  • In the User Properties pane, press the “Group Membership” tab and ensure that the “Administrator” option is chosen. 

Press “Apply” to save the adjustments and attempt to save the file again to see if you always get the “You don’t have permission to save in this location” issue.

Give Full Control To Administrators:

If you do not have the authorization to save to a certain location, your account may not have the complete power of files and directories. You will be able to solve this issue by handing absolute control to the group of admins. To adjust these protection settings, right-click the troublesome folder and pick “Properties” from the context menu. 

  • Go to the Security column. You will see “Full control” is not permitted. Select the “Edit…” tab. 
  • Now, pick the “Administrators” account and check the “Full control” checkbox in the “Allow” column. To save the adjustments, press “Apply” 

The issue should now be fixed and you should not get an error “You don’t have permission to save in this location” while attempting to save your files to this specific folder.

Run The Program As Administrator:

Using a program without administrator rights can trigger the “You don’t have permission to save in this location” error. We suggest that you try operating the program as an administrator. For eg, if you are trying to save a Word file, and face an error, run Word as an admin. Right-click the Term application (or other issue application) and pick “Run as administrator” from the context screen. Try to save the file to see if you ever have a mistake. 

If this fixes the issue, you may want to run the application as an administrator every time you run it without selecting “Run as admin” Right-click the application and pick “Properties” to do so. Then go to the “Compatibility” tab and tick the checkbox “Run this program as an admin” To save the adjustments, press “Apply”

Save The File To A Different Location:

This approach is not permanent and you may need to do it every time you save a file. However, if you just need to back up your files a few times, we suggest this easy solution. Save the file to a new directory and then transfer it back to the troublesome folder where the “You don’t have permission to save in this location” error happened. 

Summary:

So, we believe that this post was useful and you were able to correct the “You don’t have permission to save in this location” fault; and are now able to save your files to your preferred location. If you know of any other approaches to resolve this issue that is not listed in our article, please do share them with us by posting a comment.

Author

Write A Comment