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How to Fix “Could Not Create the Work File” Office Error – 7 Ways to Fix!

You may receive the error message in MS Office “Could Not Create the Work File”, when you Open, Save, or Preview an MS office document like Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, Powerpoint, etc.

Error Message:
Word could not create the work file. Check the temp environment variable.

How to Fix “Could Not Create the Work File” Error on MS Office?

Here, I am listing some solutions, that will help you to fix the “Could Not Create the Work File” MS Office Error.

Method 1: Fix using the Outbyte PC Repair Tool

Most of the time, the error “Could Not Create the Work File” occurs due to missing system files, virus/malware attacks, corrupted registry files, corrupted file systems, etc. Outbyte PC Repair Tool can fix all these problems easily.

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3 Steps to Fix this Error
Step 1. Download Outbyte PC Repair Tool [File Size: 16.4 MB]
Step 2. SCAN your Windows PC
Step 3. Click Fix button to Repair Error

Method 2: Run a Malware Scan

It is possible that malware may delete some dependency system files that are responsible for manipulating MS office documents. You must run a malware scan using trusted antivirus software.

After running the Malware scanner, run the Outbyte PC Repair Tool to repair damages done by malware/viruses.

Method 3: Run SFC.EXE to Repair Malware Damages

After scanning your computer, it is important to repair deleted, corrupted or damaged system files using the System File Checker Tool.

Step 1: Open Elevated Command Prompt.

open command prompt as administrator in Windows 8, 10 & 11

Step 2: Run the following command in sequence. Wait until each command completes the process.
sfc /scannow
chkdsk /r /f
Step 3: Restart the computer and then try to open MS Office documents again. If it doesn’t solve your problem, then move to the next solution.

Method 4: Delete Corrupted Registry Keys

Caution: Editing registry files incorrectly might create severe problems and your Operating System may crash. It is recommended to create a backup of the Registry File before applying any modifications to it.

It is recommended to use Outbyte PC Repair Tool to repair corrupted Registry File.

There are some corrupted entries inside the Registry file, that need to be deleted.

Step 1: Open Registry Editor. Click on the Start menu and search for the Registry Editor. Open it.

open_registry_editor windows 10/11

Step 2: Look for the following entries and Delete them.
Word Preview: HKCR\CLSID\{84F66100-FF7C-4fb4-B0C0-02CD7FB668FE}
PowerPoint Preview: HKCR\CLSID\{65235197-874B-4A07-BDC5-E65EA825B718}
Excel Preview: HKCR\CLSID\{00020827-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}
Step 3: Close the Registry Editor and Reboot your computer.

Method 5: Turn Off the Preview Pane

You can also fix the error “Could Not Create the Work File” by turning off the Preview Pane.

Step 1: Open File Explorer. Press Windows + E to open File Explorer.
Step 2: Go to View ➜ Show. Turn off the Preview Pane.


Method 6: Add Environment Variables

Adding a new Environment Variable can fix this error. To add an Environment Variable, do the following steps.

Step 1: Right-click on the Start menu and Open Settings.

open windows 11 settings

Step 2: Go to System ➜ About. Click on the Advanced system settings link under the Related links section.


Step 3: Go to the Advanced tab and click on Environment variables.


Step 4: Under the User variables section, click the New button.


Step 5: Fill in the following details carefully.
1. Variable name:  %userprofile%
2. Variable value: C:\Users\<username>

Note: You must replace your name with <username>


Step 6: Click OK ➜ OK to save changes.
Step 7: Restart your computer.

Method 7: Create a Temporary Internet Files Folder

Step 1: Open Windows Explorer by pressing Windows Key + E.
Step 2: Go to the following location:


Step 3: Create a new folder “Content.Word”
Step 4: Go to View ➜ Show ➜ Turn on Hidden Items.


Step 5: Reboot your computer to apply the effect.


In this article, I explained some of the useful methods to fix the MS Office Error “Could Not Create the Work File”. This error mainly occurs with MS Word, Access, Excel, Outlook, and Powerpoint.