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Saving files in Microsoft Office is a pretty painless process, but you can make it even quicker by changing the default save location to your preferred folder. Here’s how to do it on Windows 10.

How to Make Your PC the Default Save Location

When you save a new document for the first time in Office 365 or Office 2019, Office asks where you want to save it. By default, Office suggests you save documents to Microsoft OneDrive online.

Save options

You don’t have to manually change the location every time you want to save a file to your PC. Luckily, you can set your PC to be the default save location.

First, open an Office application and click the “File” tab.

File tab in Office

Next, click “Options,” found at the bottom of the left-hand pane.

Options in left hand pane

The “Word Options” window will appear. Click the “Save” tab in the left-hand pane.

Save tab in word options window

Under the “Save Documents” section, check the box next to “Save to Computer by Default.”

Save to computer by default option

Finally, click the “Ok” button in the bottom-right corner of the window to apply the change.

Ok button

Now, the next time you save an Office file, your computer will be the default save location.

Local documents folder as save location

By default, Office will use your Documents folder when you save files to your computer. But you don’t have to stick with that folder—you can choose a favorite folder on your PC.

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How to Change the Default Folder for Saved Files

If you save to a specific folder quite often, changing the default save location to that folder can save you a little time.

In an Office app, open the “Options” window by clicking File > Options. Click the “Save” tab in the “Options” window.

Save tab in word options window

In the “Save Documents” section, you’ll see the “Default Local File Locations” option. Click the “Browse” button next to this box.

Browse button

You’ll see a file browser window. Navigate to the location you would like to make as the default save location and then click the “OK” button in the bottom-right corner of the window.

OK button in File Explorer

Your selected location will now appear in the text box next to “Default Local File Location.” Click “OK” to apply the change.

Confirmed location change for local file path

By default, Office will now save files to the folder you selected. That’s your new default save path.

Marshall Gunnell
Marshall Gunnell is a writer with experience in the data storage industry. He worked at Synology, and most recently as CMO and technical staff writer at StorageReview. He's currently an API/Software Technical Writer at LINE Corporation in Tokyo, Japan, runs ITEnterpriser, a data-storage and cybersecurity-focused online media, and plays with development, with his RAID calculator being his first public project.
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