How to Fix “Document not Saved” Error in Excel

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Excel “Document not Saved” Error may be caused by one of the following:

  1. Attempting to save a shared Excel workbook
  2. You are trying to save an Excel document to a drive with insufficient drive space
  3. Saving to a network drive that you do not have write permissions
  4. You may have exceeded the character limit for file path

No matter what may have led to Excel “document not saved” error, this guide provides steps you can take to fix the problem.

Steps to Fix Excel “Document Not Saved” Error

To fix Excel “document not saved” error, try the following steps in order:

1
Save your file as a different Excel file type. Available file types depends on your version of excel. Click File -> Save As -> Browse.

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To save as a different file type, click the drop-down beside Save as type.

For a full list of supported Excel file formats click File formats that are supported in Excel.

2
Save your Excel workbook with a different file name.

3
Use Move or Copy to Move your workbook to a new sheet. See the steps below the image for details.

To move a workbook:

  • Right-click the name of the worksheet. Then click Move or Copy.
  • Finally, select (move to end). Then check Create a copy and click OK (see the image below).
excel document not saved

Delete the old worksheet. Now try saving the Excel file to see whether it saves. If you still receive Excel “document not saved” error, try the next suggested fix below.

4
Save the Excel file in a different location. Click File -> Save As. Then click Browse and select a different location.

If Excel “document not saved” error is caused by permission issue, insufficient space, share conflict or file path length limit, this will resolve the error. But if not, try…

5
Save a new Excel sheet to the original location. Open a new copy of Excel. Then save it to the original location. If it saves, it may indicate that the original Excel sheet is corrupt. Try one of the other methods listed in this guide.

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One of these methods should resolve your Excel save issue.

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