5 Tips to Customize “File Save” Page in Microsoft Office Applications

There is no doubt that Microsoft Office is one of the most popular and widely used software created for Windows OS. Most of us regularly use Microsoft Word and other Office applications to create our documents, presentation slides, etc.

There are many people who have switched to the latest Office 2013 version. On the other hand there are some people who are still using older versions of Office suite such as Office 2010, 2007 or 2003. We here at AskVG are using the latest Office 2013 version in our computer systems and we love it.

Microsoft always tries its best to improve the functionality of Office applications in each new version which can be seen in the file open or save pages in various Office applications. Previous Office versions used the classic Windows dialog box to open or save documents but Microsoft changed it in Office 2010 and 2013 versions. These new versions show a different page to open or save documents instead of the classic dialog box.

Today in this tutorial, we are going to share a few tips to tweak and customize the file save page in Office applications. These tips will help you in making your experience with Office better and easier.

So without wasting time lets start the tutorial:

STEP 1: Open any Office program such as Microsoft Word and open its Options window. Click on Office ORB or FILE menu present in the ribbon and then click on Options.

STEP 2: It'll open Options window. Now click on "Save" tab and you'll see various options to change and customize file open and save dialog box functionality.


You can customize these options according to your requirements as suggested in following steps:

Option 1: Change Default File Format to Save New Documents

With the help of this option, you can change the default file format which is used by Office programs to save new documents. You can set it to a previous Office version format for compatibility purposes or you can set it to a webpage format.

You can change the default file format using the drop-down box given in "Save files in this format" section at the top.

Option 2: Change Auto Recover File Creation Time

Whenever you are working on a new document in an Office program, it automatically saves your changes in a hidden auto-recover file which is saved in every 10 minutes by default. It helps you in recovering your data if something goes wrong such as your computer accidentally shuts down or Office program crashes. In such cases, you can recover the data from the auto-recover file.

If you want, you can decrease the 10 minutes time period so that Office saves your data quickly and you don't lose it ever.

You can change the auto-recover time period using "Save AutoRecover information every xx minutes" option.

You can also change the auto-recover file location using "AutoRecover file location" option. Just use the browse button and select your desired location.

Option 3: Disable New File Save Page and Get Classic Dialog Box Back

As we mentioned in the beginning of this article, Microsoft changed the default file open and save page in newer Office versions.

The new Office versions use a new "Backstage page" to ask you whether you want to save the file to your local computer or to your online accounts such as SkyDrive.

If you don't use SkyDrive account, you can disable this new save page and get the classic Windows dialog box by enabling "Don't show the Backstage when opening or saving files" option.

Option 4: Remove SkyDrive Option from File Open and Save Pages

If you don't want to disable new file open and save pages but want to remove SkyDrive option from these pages, you can do this by disabling "Show additional places for saving, even if sign-in may be required" option. It'll remove SkyDrive option from file open and save pages.


You can also set your local computer as default file save location by enabling "Save to Computer by default" option.

Option 5: Change Default File Save Location

By default all Office programs save your documents in your user documents directory or library. If you want to save your documents in a different directory, you can permanently set it as default file save location.

Just select your desired drive or folder using browse button given in "Default local file location" option.

It has also been mentioned in details in following AskVG article:

How to Change Default File Save Location in Microsoft Office?

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That's it. After making desired changes, click on OK button and it'll immediately take effect. Almost all these options are universal so once you change an option in a particular Office program, it'll also apply to other Office programs automatically.

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