Author-it: Publishing to Word on Vista

February 17, 2009

If you’re using Vista AND you keep your Author-it Data files separate from the Author-it Program Files, you should never see the error below and so can ignore the rest of this post.

However, if you have your Author-it ..\Data\Templates\.. or Publishing folder on your C:\Program Files\.. drive in Vista, you may get a message that you can’t publish to Word because the file is full, write-protected etc.

The reason you get the error is that Vista’s security prevents you from writing to C:\Program Files. My understanding is that you get the error message because Author-it wants to create the RTF in the ..\Data\Templates\.. folder first, before creating the Word document in the Publishing folder.

How to prevent it? Well, you have a couple of options:

  1. Move your ..\Data\.. and ..\Publishing\.. folders out of C:\Program Files\.. to a less secure location. You’ll probably have to reassign your paths in Author-it if you do that.
  2. Assign Write permissions to the user (go to the Program Files folder, drill down to the Author-it Templates [and/or Publishing] folder, right-click on it and select Properties, go to the Security tab, select Users, click Edit, then select the Full Control check box in the Allow column).


  1. This workaround works for me some of the time but not all of the time. Even when I adjust my permissions for the Publishing folder and each folder in the tree, and even the Word files within them, the Word file opens as “Read-Only.”

    Makes no sense. I will try to move my Publishing folder out of Program Files, which I thought was a poor place for it to be created in the first place.

  2. Take a look at this blog post too — there may be something in there that will help: https://cybertext.wordpress.com/2010/07/14/word-2007-document-goes-to-read-only-for-no-reason/


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