“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.