I have used Select (Features) to select features from a 2nd order administrative boundary layer: refer to image:

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I want to save the features to a new layer:

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but this is the error message that I receive:

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How might I resolve this error:

Export to vector file failed.

Error: Creation of layer failed (OGR error: Failed to create file Assam and Mizoram.shp: Permission denied)

and save the selection to a new layer?

  • Try without whitespaces in the name
    – BERA
    Aug 4, 2021 at 19:17
  • 1
    It worked! Thank you Taras and BERA for your advice. Aug 5, 2021 at 18:25

2 Answers 2


It looks like you have just typed in a file name without defining a save location. To save a file you need to click on the 'ellipsis' button ... to the right of the 'File name' line edit.

This will open a 'Save layer as' dialog where you can specify a location to save your shapefile and enter the file name.

You should then see a full file path string in place of where you currently have "Assam and Mizoram".

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An alternative way to save selected features is to use the "Extract Selected Features" algorithm from the processing toolbox. This gives you a number of save options including saving to a location in your local file system, creating a temporary layer etc.

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You need to specify the exact path where you want to save the file and you must choose the correct file type.

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