Fixing “One or more objects in this drawing cannot be saved to the specified format” in AutoCAD

Updated: April 04, 2023
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Fixing “One or more objects in this drawing cannot be saved to the specified format” in AutoCAD
by Chris Wolker
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This “AutoCAD one or more objects in this drawing cannot be saved to the specified format” is typical. It can be caused by corrupted objects in the drawing. Alternatively, you might have chosen an unusual value for the Save format default. Or you don't have enough disk space in your temporary files or drawing folder.

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Why does this happen?

If you receive from AutoCAD: “One or more objects in this drawing cannot be saved to the specified format”, there are several reasons for it, including:

  • errors in the drawing;
  • problems in the user profile;
  • the objects from other applications;
  • dach extension;
  • invalid file path;
  • wrong network settings;
  • issues with server;
  • network synchronization is in progress.

Let’s provide a persuasive solution to every problem.

How do I fix it?

One or more objects in this drawing cannot be saved

Turn on full but not incremental saves in the program. Insert ISAVEPERCENT, the value altered to 0 (zero).

In any case, use the latest updates of the AutoCAD version; it may not have many bugs of the previous versions.

Disk space

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There might be not enough disk space because of temp files or drawing folders. To fix the “AutoCAD one or more objects in this drawing cannot be saved” error, you should enlarge the disk space.

  1. PURGE your drawing. After that, try to save again.
  2. Try as an option to AutoCAD SAVE AS in command line a DWGDFX format.
  3. The simplest way to solve the issue is to duplicate your drawing to a new file. Use DWG format as well.

If you can let the latest changes go, command AUDIT / RECOVER your working file.

Corrupt drawing

One or more objects in this drawing cannot be saved

Command AUDIT for a repair. It must help. To create a new file, type SAVEAS/WBLOCK .

If the error persists, paste the contents of the drawing, opening a new file from the acad.dwt template.

User profile

The AutoCAD profile on Windows must be reset by opening the Reset Settings to Default within AutoCAD apps. You can find them in the Start menu.

If there is a problem with a Windows User Profile, login with another profile. If successful, an administrator has to reboot the Windows User profile.

On Mac, open the program menu and find Reset AutoCAD.

File server problems

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This error is shown at saving files within the file management system. Start the program and the file management tool as administrator to get rid of it. Then switch off User Account Control.

Proxy objects

You should switch on the proxy object recognition by changing the variables to 1 as follows:

  • PROXYGRAPHICS: Saved in drawing
  • PROXYNOTICE: Saved in the registry
  • PROXYSHOW: Saved in the registry
  • Command EXPORTTOAUTOCAD for opening a new file with only native AutoCAD objects. Then proceed using the file.


One or more objects in this drawing cannot be saved

In Civil 3D the German DACH Extension can cause difficulties. Use Add and remove programs settings in the Windows control panel. Uninstall the extension.

Now it is time to turn off the tool for the surface annotation:

  1. To do that, search DTMDreiecksbeschriftung in the Windows Registry. The path to it may be as, for example, lHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREAutodeskAutoCADRXX.XACAD-D000:40XApplicationsDTMDreiecksbeschriftung
  2. Delete the path for Loader in the right window. This will not let the extension and tool load.

Another way to achieve this is:

  1. Change the name of the ARX file C:Program FilesAutodeskAutoCAD xxC3DDTMDreiecksbeschriftung.arx to, for instance, "_DTMDreiecksbeschriftung.arx".

The result will be the same - the tool will not be found and started.

Adapter settings

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Turn off the TCP Offload in your network settings. If you do not know how, then consult the manufacturer of your adapter.

Path to the file

Check if there is no a % symbol in the file path.

Other ways

If there is still the “one or more objects in this drawing cannot be saved to the specified format” error and the Windows Search service is unavailable, open the folders with your drawings. Test if they are indexed. To do this, click with the right button of your mouse, go to Properties, then—Advanced. Ensure Windows is not indexing your folders with drawings.

One more way to fix this is CoGO Points check. They may influence the drawing. Command AUDIT, then Y to fix any detected errors. The results of the scan will reveal the possible errors.

If the error is not eliminated, create a new file or AutoCAD SAVE AS in command line as DXF. Remember restarting the program after saving.


What to do if AutoCAD can not save the drawing?

Suppose you see the "one or more objects in this drawing cannot be saved to the specified format" message or no message at all, do as follows:

  • If the AutoCAD profile is corrupted, do a hard reboot of AutoCAD.
  • If the AutoCAD install is corrupted, repair AutoCAD installation.
  • If a DWG file is corrupted, repair corrupt drawings.
  • Add disk space.
  • Add Autodesk folders to the antivirus exception list.

How to mend the “AutoCAD file is not valid”?

You can fix this error:

  1. Recover AutoCAD. Go to “File”, pick “Drawing Utilities,” and Recover. Find the problematic DWG file and wait for scanning and repairing.
  2. Delete DWL files. Choose the folder with all AutoCAD saved files. Find “Hidden Files”. Return to the Control Panel. Pick “Folder”. View tab in a new box. Unable hidden files. Search the files similar to the named files, but which are .dwl or .dwl2. Erase these files. Retry opening your drawing.

Can I use data recovery software to restore a corrupted file?

A data recovery app can repair and restore AutoCAD files if programmed to do so. Read the description of the app you use. Nevertheless, it’s better to back up your files regularly than rely on this software.


Since AutoCAD have many products of many versions, sometimes it lets you down and gives a save error like “one or more objects in this drawing cannot be saved to the specified format”. It is easy to mend with simple steps.

First, use the latest versions of the software. Then, try to check all predetermined conditions on successful save, for example, if there is enough space or the cloud synchronization is on, or use ISAVEPERCENT with 0. After that, try several methods described above, and you will receive a positive result.

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January 26, 2023
Check the disk space. Try to PURGE your drawing and retry.
January 25, 2023
So true.Thanks.

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