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I cannot save my excel spreadsheet because this message comes up every time. I have tried a different name for the workbook several times but I always get the message. I have tried Excel Help but the search for this error message produced nothing. Any suggestions please?
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I have not encountered this problem yet with Excel but I did a bit of poking around. Here are the fixes that other users have reported.

1. Make sure you are running the current version of Excel. That seems to have fixed things for some users.
2. Repair permissions on the drive using Disk Utility.
3. Choose Save As and save the file. Some users have also suggested that with this method you must also choose a different file format such as Excel '97. This can cause some loss of formatting etc. if you have used a feature not present in the older file formats.

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Thank you but:
The machine is only about 4 weeks old, it is Mountain Lion and I understand that supports latest updates.
Repair permissions did not work although there were some issues in the report - not that I understand what they meant
I have saved as a different name in Excel 97-2004 and can only wait to find out what features and formatting will not work.
Meanwhile I will have to keep the .xlsx open all the time until I know.
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Yes the latest updates are supported for Mountain Lion with that machine. But this is referring to having the most recent version of Excel. It will run on your machine but may or may not already be installed depending upon how recently Excel was installed. I think they released a minor update within the last few weeks.

The jury seems to be out on how well these steps fix the problem. It is entirely possible that you are experiencing a bug in Excel.

There are several permissions errors that occur regularly and can safely be ignored unless you are experiencing issues with other programs.

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Just out of curiosity, have you looked to see if the file is actually there, and that the error is from Excel wrongly saying it didn't save it? When/If you update Excel, it will close to update the files, so the .xlsx file will be closed at that time, so pretty much at this point, either the file is there, and you can close Excel, or it isn't, but to get an update to Excel, you'd have to close it and lose the file. Tough choices.
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Copy and paste the contents of this file to Text Edit or another text program in case you lose it. At least then you'll be able to reconstruct it.
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move or copy each sheet you have to a new book and save. it works for me.
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From my own experience using Office 2011. If you encounter this error in Excel, the file is corrupted. Your macros disappear and the file cannot be saved. Unsaved data up to this point will be lost if you close the file. To avoid having this happen, update both Mac OS and Office software consistently. I find that when I skip a few months, the problem resurfaces.

Always "test" save your file when you first open it to make sure it isn't corrupted. That way you won't lose any data when you do get the error message. If you do get a "file not saved" error, close the file and update both Mac and Office software. Open the corrupted file and select/copy all the data. Retrieve an old backup copy (you do have backups!) and paste in the current data from the corrupted file. Save the backup file with the new data, close and discard the corrupted file and make sure the new file has correct dates, macros and the file name matches the old corrupted file so any links to other spread sheets still work.

I know it's a pain in the butt, however it works for me, I just had to go through the routine again this morning since I got remiss in updating the OS and Office file. I got it down to a science now so that the one or two times it happens a year, I only lose about a half hour of work time

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