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Server drafts location is not valid error message

This is a Word bug but having seen a number of people ask about it the last couple of weeks, it’s worth mentioning the solution.

The error message "The server drafts location you entered for offline editing is not valid or you do not have permission to access that location. Specify a location on your local computer." Comes up because the "Server drafts location" field under "Offline editing options for Document Management Server files" in Word’s File > Options > Save dialog is blank.

Because the field is not editable with the dialog, users don’t know how to fix it.

To fix it, you need to edit the registry:

  1. Right click on the start button, choose Run then type regedit to open the registry editor.
  2. Browse to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\Common\Offline\Options
  3. Right click and choose New > String and type Location as the name.
  4. Right click on Location, choose Modify and add the path to your documents folder. (You can put any path there; Word no longer uses that field.)
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