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I opened a new file with :e ~\mypath\myfile.txt using gvim on Windows.

But when I try to save my file using :w I get this error message:

E212: Cannot open file for writing

How can I solve this?

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gvim could obviously not create diretories for me, so it worked after I had created the mypath\ directory in my home directory.

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