I tried to save a WG84 shapefile as a UTM 16N projection and got the following error: "Export to vector file failed. Error: creation of layer failed (OGR error:Failed to open Shapefile `HF patients who are not 30 day readmissions in UTM 16N.shp'.

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    Does it work with a shorter filename, without blanks?
    – AndreJ
    Commented Jan 28, 2016 at 19:46

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As @Andrej wrote in his comment, a shorter name without whitespaces should work.

Otherwise, I would also check the path length to the directory where the shapefile is to be stored. I have already have issues with long paths and solved them by saving my shapefile on D: directory (for instance).

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