"Error : Cannot open file for writing" occurs when attempting to export data to a CSV or Excel file

Problem: When trying to export the result of a data wrangling step as a CSV file, an error message appears:

Error: Cannot open file for writing: 'C:\Users\test\Downloads\result.csv'


  1. Check if the file is already open in another application such as Excel. If it is, close the application and try again.
  2. Make sure the file is not write-protected. Right-click on the file, select Properties and make sure that the Read-only checkbox is unchecked.
  3. Check if there is enough space on the disk to write the file. If the disk is full, it won’t allow you to write any more data.
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