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I’ve opened an excel file, made some changes, and now I can’t seem to save it. Every time I save the file, an error message pops up saying “Document Not Saved”.


Platform: Mac OS X El Capitan

Software Version: Microsoft Excel for Mac 2011 Version 14.7.7


Drag a copy to the same location. This will make a copy with a number 2 added to the file name. At this point, you can copy new data from your original file and paste it into your duplicated file which you can then save. Delete the original file and rename the duplicated file accordingly.


After checking out several forums about this issue, it seems to only happen when you’re working on an excel file that resides on another computer on the same network. This may or may not work in different environments and always remember to backup your data before making changes or applying any solution.

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