Windows 10 says I don't have permissions to save in this location

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I am trying to save an excel workbook to my C drive on mt Windows 10 laptop but am being told I don't have permissions.
I am an administrator, the only user on the laptop
Any guidance appreciated.
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AlexSenior Infrastructure Analyst
Because windows 10 default is locking down the c:\

You'd need to run excel as administrator or change your UAC settings.

This is very much expected behaviour. With some user elevation, you could probably save it in C: root, but best practice is still to save it in a subfolder instead.

If you really really must save it in the root folder, check permission security tab to see if permission to your user is explicitly listed with the correct user rights.
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If he's a local administrator he'll  be able to save in that folder, so it's not the ACL, it's UAC kicking in, you're 100% right that this is something you just shouldn't do, subfolders for the win!
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Yes, if you create a main folder in C: and then a data folder inside, it should save with no difficulty. I agree with the above and do that myself.

Also, make a Desktop folder for you documents and save in there. That will certainly work.


Ok, thank you...just noticed I have no other files saved to the C drive, they are all in folders....
wanted this as a kind of master file but I 'll rethink that....
Thanks all :-)
Kyle AbrahamsSenior .Net Developer

Best to have it in a subfolder anyway.  

Easy To Check C:\CustomExcel\Master.xlsx just as easy as it is to check C:\Master.xlsx

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