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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).

2 comments

  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/

    –Rhonda



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