SPSS “invalid path” message when creating graphs

That’s because SPSS is trying to direct its temporary work files (“.temp” files that the user never sees) to a location for which you don’t have write access. Here’s what you do to fix that:

From within SPSS on a computing server:

  • Go to Edit -> Options -> and select the “File Locations” tab.
  • Type in “U:\” in the “Temporary folder” box and press the “OK” button.
  • Answer “yes” if you get the message: “Directory does not exist. Create a new one?
  • Then proceed with your SPSS work. You should be able to create graphs with no problem.

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