Fix word could not create the work file Windows 10

How to fix error “Word could not create the work file. Check the Temp environment variable” error in Windows 10.

word could not create the work file. Check the Temp environment variable

Do you encounter a dialog popping up randomly when you preview a Word document in File Explorer? The same Microsoft Word error message might also appear when saving a file – “Word could not create the work file. Check the Temp environment variable”.

The reason for this problem is the Temporary Internet Files folder for Windows Internet Explorer that is set to be in a location where you don’t hold permission to create new temporary files. Here, you will find the easy ways to fix the Word file so that you can preview and save the document.

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

Here is how to fix word could not create the work file Windows 10 –

1] Create INetCacheContent.Word folder

INetCacheContent.Word folder helps to open and save word files on Windows and absence or corruption of the same may throw the error message.  So create the folder using the following steps –

  1. Press Win+R.
  2. Type the path C:\Users\your_user_name\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows and hit enter (remember to change the user profile).
  3. Once got at the location, right click and select New => Folder.
  4. Name the folder INetCacheContent.Word.
Configure MS Word in run dialog INetCacheContent.Word folder in file explorer

2] Via Registry Editor

Incorrect value of cache string for User Shell key in Registry often causes the error. Modify the data –

  1. Access the Registry Editor (Click on Start, type regedit.exe and press Enter.) You can see the instructions in – 9 Ways to Open Registry Editor in Windows 10.
  2. Navigate to the following key –
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
  1. Look for Cache string. Double click and enter
%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache
word could not create the work file Windows 10
  1. Once done, Restart the Windows explorer from Task manager and the error will be settled.

3] Create Word temp folder using CMD Command

  1. Launch elevated cmd prompt (press Win key, type cmd.exe and select “Run as administrator” from right flyout).
  2. Type the following syntax and hit enter –

cd /d %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache
md Content.Word
md Content.Outlook

4] Check the permission

Sometimes, insufficient permission to INetCache may cause to occur – word could not create the work file, Check the Temp environment variable. So check once and take ownership of the folder using following steps –

  1. Get access to command prompt using the previous method and type the following text –

icacls %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache

  1. Make sure that the permission shown in the output is like

"NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM:(I)(OI)(CI)(F)
BUILTIN\Administrators:(I)(OI)(CI)(F)
DESKTOP-31MDJSD\user_name:(I)(OI)(CI)(F)"

4] Configure MS Word once more

The method will again register and configure office files Word that is helpful to solve the issue.

  1. Press Windows + R shortcut keys combination to invoke the Run dialog.
Configure MS Word in run dialog
  1. Type winword.exe /rand then hit enter.
word could not create the work file Windows 10 through office setup

The configuration process will take some time and fix word could not create the work file Windows 10 error.

That’s all!!!

   
 
 
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Love to play with Windows 10. Suggestion - Going for Registry change or system files edit then remember to take a backup or create a restore point before Starting.

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