Did You Know…How to Change the Default Save Location in Word


Task: Word automatically saves your files in a predefined location but many people prefer to save their files somewhere else.  It gets tiresome navigating through the folders to change the save location or manually moving files every time.  Boost your productivity by eliminating the time it takes to save Word documents in your designated location. 

Solution: Change the default save location.  This will eliminate the time it takes to search for your designated folder and move files over and over again.  This will only change the save location for Word documents.  Files created in other Office programs will be saved in the locations specified in their Options.  If you would like to move previously saved documents to the new location, you must move them manually.

How:  Follow these simple steps below to change the default save location for Word 2010:

Open a Word document.  From the menu bar click File then select  Options

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A window will open called Word Options.  In this window click Save.  Select Browse, next to the Default file location box.

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Use the left hand side navigational pane to search for the folder you would like to designate as the new default save location.  Click on your designated folder where all Word documents will save to.  The folder name will appear in the Folder name box, and click OK.

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Confirm the Folder name populated in the Default location box on in the Word Options window and click Ok.

To change Word 2007’s default file save location, follow these steps:

  1. In Word, click the Office button in the top left corner.
  2. At the bottom of the menu, click Word Options.
  3. In the left column of the Word Options window, click Save.
  4. Your default location will show in the Default file location box. To change it, click the Browse button to the right of it.
  5. Navigate to the folder you would like to make your default location and click OK.
  6. Click OK again.

If you have questions or need assistance we would be happy to help!







John Ahlberg
CEO, Waident

CIO in the corporate world and now for Waident clients. John injects order and technology into business process to keep employees productive, enterprises running, and data safe.

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