How to Save Office Default Save Location in Windows 10

Saving documents from the Microsoft 365 suite is a simple process. As you do, your Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files are saved to the default location of your choosing. If you wish to change this location, you can do so.

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RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
September 2, 2021

Saving documents from the Microsoft 365 suite is a simple process. As you do, your Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files are saved to the default location of your choosing. If you wish to change this location, you can do so. Let’s explore how this is done.

This is for Windows and Office 365

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Microsoft’s recommendation is to save files to your OneDrive location. However, you might want to save all of your Microsoft 365 files to your local drive. By default, Office will use your Documents folder when you save files on your PC.

Thankfully, you do not have to change the saved location every time manually. Instead, you can set a new default. Better still, if you make the change in one Microsoft 365 app, the change carries over to every other one.

Make Your PC the Default Save Location

First, open an Office application, like Word, and click File > Options. (The Options is found in lower left-hand pane). Refer to below image:

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Selecting Options

Next, the Word Options window will appear. Click the Save tab in the left-hand pane. See below image:

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Selecting Save option

Now, under the Save Documents section, check the box next to Save to computer by default and click Browse. This will launch File Explorer for you to choose a location. See following image:

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Set default location

Next. click the OK button in the bottom-right corner of the window to apply the change. Refer to below image:

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Apply your change

Now, check your default save file location and click OK. Your Word option screen will close. The next time you save an Office file, your computer will be the default save location to the drive or folder you have chosen. (Note! I did not change the default location. This is for demonstration purposes only). See below image:

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Check default location and save

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Author: Raymond

I am Raymond Oglesby, an Information Technology (IT) specialist with 30 years in the field. I have taught Microsoft Applications and troubleshot computers in 15 countries and many States. My career was focused on mainframes and desktops from application development to implementation. I have written hundreds of programs for various architectures. I decided to start a blog to share my knowledge and experiences with you. I plan on updating this blog at least twice a week about smart phone apps to Windows. Please feel free to leave a Comment or Tweet. I would love to hear from you. Do you have a computer tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the app and version that you are using. To help me out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

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