Bug introduced in 10.3 or earlier and fixed in 11.1

Reproduced on Windows 7, 10

Bug confirmed by WRI:

[...] It does appear that the Saveable Notebook Option on Windows is not behaving properly, and I have forwarded an incident report to our developers with the information you provided. [...]

I'm having difficulties with programmatic creation of non saveable notebooks on Windows with V10.4.1. while I believe it was working in the past.

path = FileNameJoin[{$HomeDirectory, "Desktop", "test.nb"}];

    Notebook[{}, Saveable -> False ],

NotebookOpen @ path;

Now write something there, menu item File > Save is inactive but use Ctrl+S and close the notebook. Open again:

NotebookOpen @ path;

and the edited content is there. (that is unexpected)

With the setting Saveable->False, a notebook cannot be saved using File > Save or the equivalent keyboard shortcut.

On the other hand edited Help notebooks are not preserving changes....

What have I missed? How are they different?

Further investigation about Help notebooks.

As mentioned before, they appear to behave correctly. Also their menu is different than menu of just Saveable->False notebook:

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Save As.. item is pale too...

But go to any Help notebook and evaluate e.g:

path = FileNameJoin[{$HomeDirectory, "Desktop", "plotRef.nb"}]

CopyFile[ NotebookFileName[], path ]

NotebookOpen @ path

The same help notebook opened from desktop is not behaving correctly anymore!

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    $\begingroup$ Sounds like it might be a bug, your procedure acts as you expect it to on my system i.e. I can't save changes. MMA OSX 10.10.5 Maybe bug is too strong a word, since the docs say it's subject to change. $\endgroup$
    – N.J.Evans
    Commented Apr 28, 2016 at 15:20
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    $\begingroup$ It is not possible to Save with the shortcut for me also (it works as expected) with v10.3.1/v10.4.1 with OSX 10.9.5. It seems an OS specific problem. $\endgroup$
    – SquareOne
    Commented Apr 29, 2016 at 8:23

1 Answer 1


To whom it may concern, a workaround:

path = FileNameJoin[{$HomeDirectory, "Desktop", "testWorking.nb"}];

nb = Notebook[{},
   Saveable -> False,
   NotebookEventActions -> {{"MenuCommand", "Save"} :> {}} (*the fix*)

Export[path, nb, "NB"]
  • $\begingroup$ Thx a lot. So you're overwriting the even actions list where the shortcut Ctrl+S would be defined right? $\endgroup$
    – A. Vieira
    Commented Nov 11, 2017 at 10:24

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