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How to Change the Default Save Location for Office 2013


The new version of Office comes complete with SkyDrive integration, but sadly SkyDrive is the default save location. Here’s how to make your Office apps save documents to your PC by default instead of SkyDrive.

How to Change the Default Save Location for Office 2013

Open any one of the office programs and click on the File menu item.


Then click on Options.


Now head into the Save settings.


On the right hand side you will see a check box labeled “Save to computer by default”, check it and then click OK.


That’s all there it to it, now when you go to save a document it will default to your PC.


Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+

  • Published 11/23/12

Comments (8)

  1. Isaac

    Nice tip, i also don’t like saving all my files in the cloud especialy the ones i save and delete after 30 minutes.

  2. Sandy

    Good info. Thanks!

  3. beergas

    Thanks, didn’t realize the cloud default.

  4. gapch12

    A great tip! Thanks.

  5. horacio

    awesome! thank you so much!

  6. LadyFitzgerald

    Changing the default save location in Office 2013 isn’t significantly different from the previous two versions. The fact that the default save location is SkyDrive is disturbing. So far, M$ is allowing people to change the default, but what will happen three years from now with Office 2016? Micro$not is becoming more and more like Apple and their walled garden.

  7. Keith


    Imo you’re going overboard when you use the word “disturbing” in this context. Also, whenever you or someone else uses “M$” or “Micro$noft” or anything like it, you just blow your creds, because it suggests a moth-eaten sort of hate on your part. Take out the jabs and your comments will work better.

  8. EIW

    Does anyone use Windows Office anymore? Ive been using Libre Office for a couple years now, and used to use Open Office for many years before that. Why spend so much money on Office?

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