Default Folder for Saving in MS Office

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If you are anything like me, the My Documents folder is not always the most appropriate place to save a document. It is, however, the default folder for saving in MS Office.

Well take heart, because you can change the default folder in Office and you can do it fairly easily. Follow the steps below to find out how:

  • Click on Tools | Options.  
  • Click the File Locations tab.  
  • Under File Types, Documents should be selected.   You will note that the default location is set to My Documents.  
  • Click the Modify button and in the Modify Location dialog box, navigate to the desired folder.  
  • Click OK.

Now, when you save a new Word document, it will be saved in the folder that you selected when you modified the default setting.

If you decide that you want to save a document to the My Documents folder, you can simply click the My Documents icon on the left-hand side of the Save As dialog box and then save as you normally would.

If you should change your mind sometime in the future, you can simply go back and modify the location again.

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