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Notepad

Cannot create the file. Make sure that the...

 
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Notepad cannot save the file either at that location or using the filename.  This can occur if the media, folder or file is set to read-only.

 
 
   
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  Notepad 

 
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  Cannot create the filename file.

Make sure that the path and filename are correct. 

 
Typical location
  C:\WINDOWS\

 
Issued By
  notepad.exe

 
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  Windows XP

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  Microsoft Corporation    
 
   
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Select Different Media
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If the file resides on read-only media such as a CD, DVD or Blu-ray, you must select a different drive to save the file. 

Some removable drives and media may also have a physical write-protection tab. For example, diskettes have a square hole that when covered, makes the diskette read-only. Some USB flash drives also have a switch to make them read-only.

 
   
 
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  FaultWire Staff
Posted: 10-Oct-2008
 
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Remove Read-Only Attribute
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Check to see if the file is read-only.

To do this, open Explorer, locate the file, and right-click on the filename. Select properties. You will see the file attributes at the bottom of the properties dialog.

 

If the Read-only attribute is set, toggle the check-box off.

In rare cases, the entire folder (or drive) may be set to read-only. In these situations you may need to clear the read-only state from the drive or folder, following the steps above, but going into the properties of the folder or drive.

Before changing the read-only state on a folder or drive, consider if there were good reasons why read-only was set before clearing the flag. Also consider if another writable location would be better.

 
   
 
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