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"Publisher cannot save the file" error when saving in PDF format using Publisher 2010

You receive the error, "Publisher cannot save the file" when saving in PDF format using Publisher 2010.

This issue could have multiple causes, such as: 

  • Number of images in your publication
  • The number of effects in your publication
  • The size of images in your publication
  • The page backgrounds in your publication

Try the methods below to avoid getting this error:
  • Compress pictures in your publication
  • Removing page backgrounds or large images from your publication
  • Remove transparent images from your publication
  • Remove picture effects, such as recolor or brightness/correction from your publication

For help and steps on how to complete the methods above, check out this article:

Picture Tools Tab
More information

You can also get help from the Microsoft Community online, search for more information on Microsoft Support or Windows Help and How To, or learn more about Assisted Support options.
Note This is a "FAST PUBLISH" article created directly from within the Microsoft support organization. The information contained herein is provided as-is in response to emerging issues. As a result of the speed in making it available, the materials may include typographical errors and may be revised at any time without notice. See Terms of Use for other considerations.

Article ID: 2767883 - Last Review: 12/19/2012 19:02:00 - Revision: 1.0

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