Editing is a crucial process by which we edit some parts of our picture to get the desired photo. The editing may include cropping the image, removing the unwanted parts on the image, adding some effects on the image, and many more. It is very common to edit. Several image editors and video editors are available for us. Daily, we edit many photos on a low level without even thinking about it. But what if you open a picture and try to edit it, and it shows the error “It looks like you don’t have permission to save changes to this file.”

Technology has advanced a lot and has provided us with a lot of benefits and an easy way to do a lot of tasks without giving them a second thought about it. Editing is one of them. It is just so simple to edit an image on our phones or laptops that we don’t even try to think of anything related. What if you are not able to edit a photo? What if want to take out an image using the  printer for a school project and want to edit it a bit? and what if want to add a watermark to your image before uploading it, but you failed because it starts showing the error? It looks like you don’t have permission to save changes to this file or are unable to save changes. 

Not only images, but this problem also can occur when you try to edit any of the videos or audio clips. In this article, we will see some simple methods to remove this error so that you can edit your images and any other file or make changes to them without a hustle. 


Causes Of The Error

Before discussing the steps to fix our problem, we will see some of the reasons which can lead to our situation, and you can try avoiding it.it looks like you dont have permission to save changes in this file

Don’t have permission error is nowhere related to not having permission. It’s all about not having control over our file to edit it. 

Shifting An Image To Your Device From A Different Drive

When you shift a file from any of the drives to your system, the files get blocked by default, and you will not be able to edit your image, and it will show the error it looks like you don’t have permission to save changes to this file.

Admin Rights

Sometimes, you have all the permissions to edit a file, but it shows the message you don’t have permission to save in this location in windows 10 or do not have permission to save in this location which can be very frustrating for a user. This error can arise if you are editing your file or an image using a third-party editor and are not giving yourself an admin right over your image.

Properties Of Our Image

As you move your image from a drive or one drive to your computer, the properties get set by default.properties

You will require to change some of the properties to remove the error “it looks like you don’t have permission to view this file” or “it looks like you don’t have permission to save changes to this file.”

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How To Remove The Error- It Looks Like You Don’t Have Permission To Save Changes To This File

After discussing all the possible reasons that can be the cause behind this error, we will see different methods to resolve it.

Unblocking Your Image

As discussed in the causes, it is possible your image is blocked by default, but it is very simple to unblock your photo to get the editing access.

  1. Open your image and, as always, right-click on it.
  2. Click on properties from the options that will appear.
  3. A tab will open with different sections, and we will make changes in the attribute section at the bottom.unblocking image
  4. Click on the unblock option from it, unselect the read-only option, and save your changes by clicking Ok.

Running Editing Software Like An Administrator

Giving yourself an admin right can help fix the error. It looks like you don’t have permission to save changes to this file. You can use software like iMovie, Adobe, Magix movie studio etc.

  1. Right-click on the name of the application you are using.
  2. Select Run as administrator from the new options that will appear.run as administrator
  3. A dialog box will appear. Click yes on it, and now try to save your changes.

Saving Images In A Separate Folder

Try saving your image in a different folder as this may help you in resolving your error. For this process, save your image in a different directory.different folder

Suppose your image is present on the desktop, change its location and save it in any other folder likes pictures. 

Photo App On Your Windows

This method is for those using the photo application of windows for editing purposes. Repairing or resetting it are the two options you can try on your photo application. Steps for resetting are –

  1. Open Settings on your device and click on the option Apps.
  2. Open the apps and features and find your application name on it. You can use the search bar present there.photo app on window
  3. Click on the advanced options once you find your application
  4. On the new tab that appears, find the option of repairing and resetting. Try them. 

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This method comes into action if corrupted files are one of the reasons behind our error. It looks like you don’t have permission to save changes to this file.

  1. On the window search, write cmd, and the command prompt will appear.
  2. Right-click on it and choose the administrator option.dism and sfc
  3. Tick yes on the UAC(User Account Control), and on the new window, you have to type some commands and press enter. The commands are –






Is the process of removing errors cost-efficient?

The process of removing this error is free. The steps mentioned above require some basic computer settings changes, which will not require any money.

What is a command prompt?

It is an interpreter which interprets command line code and is itself available on almost every PC and windows. It helps in executing the commands.

Can I edit my images for free?

Yes, there are many applications or software that help you to edit your image for free. Some applications ask for money, but you can avoid them as several other options exist

How can I shift the photos from google drive to my PC?

Install the application and log in with your account. Select the files you want to shift on your PC and select download from the menu icon.


The above-mentioned steps are useful to help you remove the error. It looks like you don’t have permission to save changes to this file. The methods are not difficult to follow as they are some basic setting changes in your PC. Follow these steps to remove the error if it ever appears and prevents your work from stopping.

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