Microsoft Office is world-famous assistance for work. It includes many practical programs, such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint. Even Microsoft Outlook is available as a part of the Microsoft Office suite.

However, people complained they run into the error message: There is not enough memory or disk space and don’t know what to do.

Message Saying There Is Not Enough Memory or Disk Space

Three of the most frequently used Microsoft programs are definitely: Microsoft Word (used to deal with word information), Microsoft Excel (used to organize and collect data in tabular form), and Microsoft PowerPoint (a useful tool for making a presentation). When you are trying to open the programs or perform an action in them, you may probably end up in failure; a prompt window will show up to prevent you from continuing what you are doing: There is not enough memory or disk space.

There is not enough memory or disk space

So what does the insufficient memory or disk space error mean? What causes this error to occur? How to fix there is insufficient memory Word or Excel? In the following content, I will answer these questions one by one.

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Causes for Insufficient Memory or Disk Space

Many people reported they see the insufficient memory or disk space when opening Word 2016 Word. Till now, the not enough disk space problem is confirmed to show up on Office 2010, Office 2013 and Office 2016.

Note: Outlook there is not enough memory or disk space to complete the operation is also a common problem to affect users.

Our team made a study on the cause of this problem after investigating various users’ reports and find some common factors to trigger the problem in Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel.

One: the Normal.dotm file is corrupted.

In general, the default font styles will be loaded automatically while you're opening Word. However, if the Normal.dotm file is damaged somehow, this process can’t be completed; then, the insufficient memory error will get thrown.

The easy way to fix the problem under such circumstances is forcing Windows to create a new .dotm file.

How to fix corrupted files?

Two: the font cache is corrupted.

As mentioned in the previous cause, the font styles are loaded by default when opening Microsoft Office utilities. In fact, they are stored as cache in a font folder on Windows. Sometimes, the font folder may get damaged; then, you’ll receive the not enough memory/disk space error because the fonts used by the file you’re trying to open are included in that corrupted folder.

The easy way to eliminate the error is creating a .bat file that is capable of refreshing your font cache.

Building font cache

Three: the permissions on the font folder are not enough.

Similarly, if users don’t have the necessary permissions to access the corresponding font folder, they won’t be able to open the file.

In this case, you must gain enough permission before opening it by:

  • Creating a new policy through Registry Editor
  • Making use of a series of Powershell commands

You Need Permission To Perform This Action: Solved.

Four: the Office installation is broken.

The error message will appear on your PC screen whether the install of Microsoft Office is incomplete or crippled (this may result from an AV scan).

If this is the root reason for causing the error, you should solve it by invoking Programs and Features to repair the Office installation.

Programs and Features

Five: an Add-in has problem.

If any errors occurred on an Add-in, the Microsoft Word insufficient memory will be caused. Till now, several Word Add-ins are found to be responsible for the problem.

If this is the situation, you need to work things out by identifying the problematic Add-in and remove it from your list.

Word cannot display the requested font

Excel Insufficient Disk Space

The error occurs frequently when users try to copy a large volume of data in the Excel sheets or add formulas to a very large worksheet area.

What’s the root reason for causing this? It’s actually the limitations built in Microsoft Excel.

  • The memory of each Excel’s instance can’t be more than 2 GB (gigabyte).
  • The source cells number should be less than 32,760 when you’re using a smart fill option.
  • The maximum number of line feeds per cell is 253.
  • The total number of rows and columns on a worksheet can’t be more than 1,048,576 and 16,384.
  • A cell can’t contain characters more than 32,767. While the characters in a header or footer should be less than 255.

You may run into the following messages that indicate this error in Excel:

  • Not enough system resources to display completely.
  • There is not enough disk space. Free enough disk space, and then try again.
  • Not enough memory to run Microsoft Excel. Please close other applications and try again.
  • Excel cannot complete this task with available resources. Choose less data or close other applications.
  • There isn't enough memory to complete this action. Try using less data or closing other applications. To increase memory availability, consider using a 64-bit version of Microsoft Excel or adding memory to your device.
  • Microsoft Excel cannot open or save any more documents because there is not enough available memory or disk space. To make more memory available, close workbooks or programs you no longer need. To free disk space, delete files you no longer need from the disk you are saving to.

cannot open or save any more documents

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Fix There Is Not Enough Memory or Disk Space Error

First, please make sure your computer has enough memory or free disk space left. If not, you should delete unnecessary files and folders from the hard disk.

How to free up disk space:

How to recover files lost when you are trying to get more memory and free disk space? Definitely, you need MiniTool Power Data Recovery, which enjoys a very good reputation in the industry.

Here’s a file recovery tutorial you should follow.

Step one: download the setup program of MiniTool Power Data Recovery; don't save it to your drive containing lost files you plan to recover.

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Step two: run the setup program to finish software installation and launch it at the end of the process.

Step three: keep Logical Drives selected if the drive contains lost files still exist. Otherwise, you should shift to the Devices tab.

select an option from left pane

Step four: determine which partition contains the missing files; then, double click on it to start a full scan.

Step five: more and more files will be found while the scan is processing. Please browse the found items carefully and select the data you really want. (You should wait till the end of the scan to see the best recovery result.)

Found partitions

Step six: click on the Save button located in the bottom right corner. Then, choose a storage path for the files you have selected in the previous step and click on the OK button to confirm.

Now, you should wait for the recovery process to complete automatically.

FYI: what if your hard disk is corrupted and you can’t boot PC successfully? Please read this page to know how to recover data:

In the following content, I will provide other useful ways to fix the error in both Word and Excel when it is caused by other problems.

Fix 1: rename Normal.dotm file.

The action of renaming the Normal.dotm file will force Microsoft Word to create a new file when you launch the program the next time; thus, the problem could be solved if it’s caused by a corrupted Normal.dotm file.

  1. Open Windows Explorer. (How to fix when Windows Explorer has a problem?)
  2. Open Local Disk (C:).
  3. Find and open the Users folder.
  4. Look for the folder with your username. Then, open it.
  5. Navigate to the AppData folder (which is not visible by default).
  6. Open Roaming, Microsoft, and Templates in older.
  7. Click View from the menu bar.
  8. Check File name extensions in the Show/hide area.
  9. Right click on the dotm file.
  10. Choose Rename.
  11. Add .old after Normal.dotm and press Enter.
  12. Choose Yes to confirm the change.


If you can't see the AppData folder, please read the How to fix when you can’t find the AppData folder part in this post carefully.

Tip: You can also try to fix the error by deleting the Normal Template.

Fix 2: rebuild the font cache.

  1. Open up a Run dialog box by pressing Start +R or through other ways.
  2. Type notepad and hit Enter.
  3. Copy & paste the content listed below.
  4. Click on the X button and choose Save in the pop-up window.
  5. Give it a name with the extension of .bat.
  6. Click Save.
  7. Right click on the .bat file and choose Run as administrator.
  8. Wait for the process to complete.

Rebuild font cache

Fix 3: gain necessary permissions.

  1. Open Run dialog.
  2. Type powershell and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter.
  3. Type Get-acl C:\Windows\fonts\arial.ttf | Set-Acl -path c:\windows\fonts\*.* and hit Enter.
  4. Type Get-acl C:\Windows\fonts\arial.ttf | Set-Acl -path c:\windows\fonts and hit Enter.
  5. Wait for the commands to finish.

Gain permission

Fix 4: repair the Microsoft Office installation.

  1. Open up a Run dialog box by pressing Start +R or through other ways.
  2. Typecpl and click OK.
  3. Look for Microsoft Office from the list in Programs and Features window.
  4. Right click on Microsoft Office and choose Change.
  5. Choose Yes if there’s a User Account Control window appears.
  6. Check Quick Repair under How would you like to repair your Office programs.
  7. Click on the Repair button at the bottom and click Repair again in the confirmation window.
  8. Wait for the process to complete.


Fix 5: remove the Add-ins.

  1. Open the problematic program.
  2. Go to File > Options.
  3. Select Add-ins from the left-hand side of Word Options.
  4. Select Word Add-ins after Manage from the right panel and click Go.
  5. Uncheck all the options related to Add-in and click OK.
  6. Repeat step 2.
  7. Select COM Add-ins from the dropdown list of Manage and click Go.
  8. Repeat step 5.
  9. Close the program and open the Word file which triggered the previously.
  10. If the error doesn't appear, please check the options you unchecked in step 5 and step 8.

Once you can confirm which Add-in causes the error, you should select it in the Add-in menu and click Remove.

Other fixes:

  • Turn off the Automatic Spelling Checking and Grammar Check.
  • Reset the Registry Entries of Word.
  • Run Microsoft Fix-It or Troubleshooting.
  • Create SaveZoneInformation policy in Registry Editor.

How to recover a Word document easily?

Fix 1: select cells gradually.

  • Please do the same for the following section of cells when you choose only part of the entire range you need to be filled.
  • To make sure you won’t reach the limit, please select the last row of the previously filled section when you move on to the latter segments (the second, third, etc.).
  • Just repeat this process to reach the end of the selection needed.

Fix 2.

Step 1: update drivers.

  1. Open Microsoft Excel.
  2. Select File, Account, and Office Update one after another.
  3. Click Update Now.
  4. Wait for it to complete.

Step 2: disable hardware graphics acceleration.

  1. Click File, Options, and Advanced.
  2. Look for Display area from the right panel.
  3. Uncheck Disable hardware graphics acceleration.
  4. Click OK.

Disable hardware graphics acceleration

Fix 3: divide an Excel file into different workbooks.

It’s a good choice to separate your big Excel files into a few workbooks and then open them in different instances of Excel. This reduces the possibility of getting the error caused by reaching the 2GB limitation for a single workbook.

Fix 4: set to manage paging file size automatically.

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Select System and Security.
  3. Click System.
  4. Select Advanced system settings from the left sidebar.
  5. Keep Advanced tab selected. Click Settings under the Performance area.
  6. Shift to Advanced tab.
  7. Click Change… under the Virtual memory area.
  8. Check Automatically manage paging file size for all drives.
  9. Click on the OK button in all Windows to confirm changes.

Automatically manage paging file size for all drives

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Undoubtedly, There is not enough memory or disk space is a common error on Windows. You may probably run into it when opening Word/Excel or other Office programs. The error will also occur suddenly when you’re performing actions in the programs.

In the previous parts, I have covered the possible reasons for leading to the error. Then, I have provided several solutions for fixing it yourself. Please read the above content carefully to solve your problem.


There Is Not Enough Memory or Disk Space FAQ

What does disk space mean?
Disk space, which is also known as disk storage, storage capacity, or hard drive capacity, refers to the maximum amount of files that a disk or drive can keep. Everything you installed on the computer will take up some disk space: operating system, applications, and personal data.
What does it mean when it says there is not enough disk space?
If you’re receiving an error message saying that your computer doesn't have enough disk space, it means that there is little free space left on your hard drive. Another unusual reason for causing this is that your hard drive runs into problem and needs to be fixed.
What does it mean when Excel says there is not enough disk space?
If you see the error message there is not enough available memory or disk space in Excel, it means you can't open the Excel or save more documents. What you should do at this time is: closing the workbooks or programs you don’t need anymore.
How do I check my disk space?
  • Open File Explorer and look at the Devices and drives section.
  • Open Disk Management and look at the capacity & free space of each drive.
  • Open Settings -> choose System -> go to Storage option -> look at the Storage layout.
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