Permission Denied, Error 70 When You Use FileCopy Statement

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In Microsoft Excel, when you use the FileCopy statement in a Visual Basic for Applications macro, you may receive the following error message:
Run-time Error '70' Permission Denied


This problem occurs if the source file you want to copy is open when you try to run the macro.


You can avoid this problem by using the SaveCopyAs method. If you use the SaveCopyAs method, you can save a copy of the source workbook to a file without modifying the open workbook in memory.

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Microsoft provides programming examples for illustration only, without warranty either expressed or implied. This includes, but is not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. This article assumes that you are familiar with the programming language that is being demonstrated and with the tools that are used to create and to debug procedures. Microsoft support engineers can help explain the functionality of a particular procedure, but they will not modify these examples to provide added functionality or construct procedures to meet your specific requirements. To help you work around this problem, use Visual Basic for Applications code similar to the following example:
   Sub copyfile()

      'Define source file name, not including path.
      'Define target file name. Include path if needed.
      'Copy source to target.
      Workbooks(SourceFile).SaveCopyAs DestinationFile

   End Sub


Article ID: 147394 - Last Review: August 17, 2005 - Revision: 2.1
  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Excel 95 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Excel 5.0 Standard Edition
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