Access Denied

  pj123 13:06 01 Jun 2006

I have a scanned .wmf image of my signature saved in My Documents.

Haven't used it for a while now but today I needed to append it to a letter in Word.

It used to work OK but now I get:

"Access to the specified device, path or file is denied."

I have checked the Attributes and only Read Only is ticked.

I have tried copying it to another folder but still get the same error message.

In fact, I have just tried to open a few more .wmf files and get the same error. So it seems to be a problem with .wmf files??

Running Win 98SE.

  howard63 20:02 01 Jun 2006

your wmf files could be pointing to the wrong prog to open them. You need to break the wrong association and then tell it the correct one.

  Joe R 20:12 01 Jun 2006


what version of word is it.?

  mattyc_92 20:18 01 Jun 2006

Maybe corrupt?

Have you got a backup of it?

  skidzy 21:15 01 Jun 2006

This may be a pointer in the right direction. click here

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 21:49 01 Jun 2006

Access Files
If you get Access Denied in WinXP Pro. Try “taking ownership” of the file/folder before it can be accessed. First of all go to Folder Options, View Tab and in the Advanced Settings at the end, untick “Use simple file sharing”, which will allow the Security Tab to be shown in the file’s properties. Also, in Folder options, make sure hidden and system files can be viewed.

To take ownership of the file (it’s best done at the folder level), right-click it, Properties, Security Tab, add your user name, fill in all the permissions and Apply. You can now access it.

  pj123 10:35 02 Jun 2006

Thanks to all, but howard63 hit the nail.

It wasn't associated with anything. Now fixed to "open with" Paint Shop Pro.

All OK now. Have also rescanned it as a .jpg.

Thanks again.


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