Can't Save a Macro

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 24, 2017)

A WordTips reader once complained that he could not save his macros because Word wouldn't save when he exited the program. Instead, he received an error message indicating that the disk was full. (In this case, the disk really was not full.)

There are many potential causes for this problem. First, if Word is being used in a networked environment, the file could be common to all users on the network. If this is the case, then changes cannot be saved to when other people are accessing it. For instance, if User A and User B are using Word, both are actually accessing the same file. When User A exits the program, his changes cannot be written to until User B also exits the program. In this situation, User A would be better advised to wait until after hours before trying to make updates to

Another possible cause is that is corrupted in some way. The way to test for this is to exit Word and rename to some other name, such as Then restart Word, which results in a brand new being created. If macros can be created and subsequently saved, then you have a good indicator that the original (now was corrupted.

It could also be that there is an error in the macro you are trying to save. The solution to this is to pull up the VBA Editor and compile the macro. If there is an error, you are notified and can correct it. You may then be able to exit Word and save the macro.

Finally, you cannot save when you have multiple instances of Word running on the same machine. Each instance accesses, and changes can only be saved when the last instance of Word is closed.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (747) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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