How to solve your changes could not be saved because of a sharing violation

A "sharing violation" error in Excel usually occurs when you try to save changes to a file that is currently being accessed or edited by someone else, or by another program or process on your computer. Here are a few steps you can take to resolve this issue:

  1. Check if the file is open by another user: When you try to save a file in Excel, it's possible that someone else has the file open and is currently editing it. In such cases, you can check with your colleagues or IT department to see if anyone else is using the file. If someone else is using the file, you may need to wait for them to finish editing before you can save your changes.
  2. Close other programs that may be accessing the file: If you have other programs open that are using the file, such as an email client or backup software, they may be preventing you from saving changes to the file. Closing these programs can free up the file and allow you to save your changes.
  3. Close and reopen Excel: Sometimes, the "sharing violation" error can be caused by a temporary glitch in Excel. Closing Excel and reopening it can help to clear any temporary issues and allow you to save your changes.
  4. Check file permissions: If you don't have the necessary permissions to edit the file, you may not be able to save changes to it. To check file permissions, right-click on the file and select "Properties". Then, click on the "Security" tab to view the list of users and their permissions. If you don't have the necessary permissions, you may need to contact the owner or administrator of the file to request access.
  5. Save the file with a new name: If none of the above steps work, try saving the file with a new name. This creates a new copy of the file that is not being accessed by any other program or user. You can then edit and save changes to the new file without any issues.

In some cases, the "sharing violation" error may be caused by other issues such as network connectivity problems, antivirus software, or file corruption. If none of the above steps work, you may need to contact your IT department or a technical support professional for further assistance.