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“Word could not create the work file. Check the temp environment variable.” the basics.
As soon as you edit a document in Microsoft Word, Word creates temporary files in the background. These store certain things as ‘recovery’ should Word get stuck or something like that.
Most of these files are optional, but unfortunately some are required. If the required temp files are not created, Word gets corrupt and you get the error message: “Word could not create the work file. Check the temp environment variable. “
There is not a precise solution for this, so the tutorial consists of the solution that works for me and below that is a collection of Microsoft solutions.
Let’s fix ‘Word could not create the work file. Check the temp environment variable.’
The solution that worked for me.
- Go to start and search for Regedit.
Or press Windows + R and type in Regedit.
- Search for the key below. You can also copy/paste this if you’re using Windows 10.
Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
- See if the location for Cache is:
If it’s not, please copy paste the location in the key.
- Click OK.
- Because it is a computer setting you have to restart the device before it is applied.
A solution from the Microsoft website.
- Go to start and open the explorer.
Copy / paste the following location in Windows Explorer.
- Create a new folder (CTRL + N) and name it INetCacheContent.Word.
A creative solution.
- Open Internet Explorer and go to the gearwheel.
- Open Internet Options now.
- Under the General tab you see a box with Browsing History.
Click on the Settings.
- Increase the Disk space to use to 1gb.
- Click OK.
The collection of forum posts where the other solutions are.
Word: “could not create the work file. Check the temp environment variable”.
Outlook: “could not create the work file. Check the temp environment variable”.
http://www.slipstick.com/problems/workfile.htm (also has links to similar Word problem)
Following a comment that the blog post is not clear, I adjusted it on 7-10-2018 with a better order.
Do you have any other questions or comments? Then you can leave a comment.
This is from Microsoft Answers.
This post is from answers.microsoft.com.
I have expanded the existing tutorial with screenshots.
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