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Server Admin Quick Tip – “Access is denied” when saving a text file with Notepad


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Seen this error before when trying to save a text file, such as a web.config? Frustrating isn’t it? It’s Notepad! It should be able to walk to school, in 3 feet of snow, without shoes, uphill, both ways, without so much as a whimper. Well, apparently it has it’s limitations, as it so easily let you know.

The quick fix? Run it as administrator. Yep! You can definitely do this with Notepad, just like other applications, like the command prompt, and Internet Explorer.

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About Geoff Varosky
Geoff Varosky is a Senior Architect for BlueMetal Architects, based out of Watertown, MA. He has been architecting and developing web based applications his entire career, and has been working with SharePoint for the past 13 years. Geoff is an active member of the SharePoint community, Co-Founder and Co-Organizer of the Boston Area SharePoint Users Group, co-founder for the Boston Office 365 Users Group, co-organizer for SharePoint Saturday Boston and speaks regularly at SharePoint events and user groups.

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