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


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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