How to fix “Word could not create the work file. Check the Temp environment variable.” error in MS Word 2010?

It is common to receive error messages in MS Word. It happens many times, when you try to open your regular Word document but cannot open and appears with error message.

Consider a similar situation wherein, you try to open or save a document and you get below error message:

Word could not create the work file. Check the Temp environment variable”. 

Cause of error: The above error may occur due to following two reasons:
  • When Temporary Internet Files folder for Windows Internet Explorer is placed in a location where you don't have permission to create new temporary files.
  • Incorrect registry values in the key.

How to fix?

Method 1: If problem occurs due to Temp files then change the location of Temporary Internet Files. To do this follow below steps:
  1. Open Internet Explorer, Go to Tools-> Internet Options.
  2. In the Internet Options dialog box, click the General tab. 
  3. Now click Settings in the Browsing history section and in the Temporary Internet Files and History Settings dialog, click “Move Folder”
  4. In the Browse for Folder dialog box, select the following location: <Drive:>\Users\<user name>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files.
  5. Click OK and restart the computer.
Method 2: If problem occurs due to Incorrect registry value in the key then modify the registry with correct value.

Note: Make sure you have done it correctly, if you have modified with wrong value then you might be in danger.

Follow below steps to modify the registry:
  1. Go to Start->Run 
  2. Type regedit in the Run dialog box and hit 'enter' button
  3. Locate and click on the below registry subkey:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft >Windows > CurrentVersion > Explorer > User Shell Folders
  4. Double-click the Cache registry entry, type the following in the Value data box, and then click OK: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files
After performing above methods, try to open your word file, if you are able to open it without any error then it’s great. However if unfortunately you still can not open your file that clearly means your word file actually got damaged and you need an excellent third party tool to repair your document.


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