How to Change Default File Save Location in Microsoft Office?

While working in Microsoft Office, when you try to open or save a document, it opens the default documents folder to open or save the file.

This tutorial will teach you how to change this default location to your desired drive or folder, so that you don't need to browse to that folder each time. It'll be save your precious time.

So here we start:

For Microsoft Office 2000, XP and 2003:

1. Open any Office application like Microsoft Word and click on "Tools -> Options".

2. Click on "File Locations" tab and select "Documents". Now click on "Modify" button:

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3. It'll open browse window. Navigate to the desired drive or folder which you want to set as default location and click on OK button. It'll change the file location. Now click on OK button and you have done.

NOTE: You'll need to follow these steps for all Office applications separately.

For Microsoft Office 2007, 2010 and 2013:

1. Open any Office application like Microsoft Word and click on Office ORB (Big round button) or FILE menu at top-left.

2. Now click on "Options", it'll open Options window. Click on "Save" tab and in right-side pane, you can change the "Default file location" by simply typing the exact path or by selecting the desired drive/folder using Browse button:

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NOTE: You'll need to follow these steps for all Office applications separately.





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Comments

  • Thank you. Very helpful.

  • I followed the steps above to set the default location where I want my Excel files to be saved. However, when I try to save a document opened from an email, or downloaded from the Internet, or an add-in file, it does not go to my default location. What am I doing wrong? or does Excel 2007 not work that way?

  • my scanned file is hide what can I do

  • I think I have the same problem as Marlene Williams - I cn save my word and excel files etc as I wish but when I download a pdf - the only option I seem to have is skydrive; recently I downloaded bank statements and only could sav them there as well - and the was not able to attach them to email... Who has advice? Many thanks.

  • This does not work for me. Office 2010, I want to save a doc, but want it to go straight to the nearest folder to eliminate the numerous daily clicking requirements to get to a location that I use constantly (My Goodness). Keeps going to the C:Drive, which prompts me to click about 6 times to get to my desired location, come on!!!

  • Thanks for this information. It's been nagging me for months that I had to go back and find the folder to save a file in when I'm already in that folder! Your instructions were easy and I didn't have to deal with lots of stuff like pop up advertisement. I'll have to get the newsletter then won't I.

  • Hi, by way of background, I recently upgraded to Windows 10 and am using the version of Word 2013 that comes with the Office 365 subscription suite. I should also mention that I have the latest updates for Office installed.

    The problem I have encountered, is that my attempt to customize how files are saved by selecting the "Web Page, Filtered(*htm, *html)" option does not give the expected result, in that a subsequent save of the current or any new document is always saved as a .docx file.

    I can of course create a filtered .htm file by manually using a save as sequence.

    Worthy of note is that if I open a .htm file in Word, then edit and save it, the document defaults back to .docx format.

    Thanks in advance for any advice on how to resolve this issue.

  • Tried following these instructions
    For Microsoft Office 2007, 2010 and 2013:

    1. Open any Office application like Microsoft Word and click on Office ORB (Big round button) or FILE menu at top-left.

    Using Word or Excel there was no options after selection the big ORB button
    Using Publisher no ORB button shown also no options under the File menu
    OR am I misunderstanding the instructions given

  • Apparently Excel Office 2010 contains a 'bug', in that Excel ignores the path loaded into the 'save' field. I am navigating to this field through Excel by selecting File - Options - Save - and completing the 'default file location' field.

    Has any one discovered a patch for this problem, which many others appear to have?
    Thanks
    Mark

  • Worked perfect!! Thanks!

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