How to Change the Default Save Location in Word 2010

The Windows operating system is pretty easy to use when it comes to saving and copying files, but it does have some ideas about where it would like you to save things. Ideally, anything you download is going to wind up in your Downloads folder, imported pictures will go to the Pictures folder, and new documents will go to the Documents folder. This makes it pretty easy to find files when you are looking for them. But a lot of people either have their own way of organizing their files, or they don’t like the options that Windows implements by default. So if you want to change the default Save As location in Microsoft Word 2010, you just need to change a setting in the Word 2010 Options window.


How to Set a Default Save Location in Word 2010

A lot of people might not even realize that this is an option, and just continue to navigate to their preferred save location every time they create a new document in Word 2010. But, by making this adjustment you are going to save yourself a few seconds with every document, while also ensuring that you don’t accidentally save a document to a folder where you might not think to look for it. So continue below and follow the steps to change the Word 2010 save location.


Step 1: Launch Microsoft Word 2010.


Step 2: Click the File tab at the top-left corner of the window.

click the file tab



Step 3: Click Options in the column at the left side of the window. This is going to open a new Word Options window.

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open the word options menu



Step 4: Click the Save option in the left column of the Word Options window.

how to change the default save location in word 2010



Step 4: Click the Browse button to the right of Default file location.

click the browse button to the right of default file location



Step 5: Select the location to where you want to save your documents, then click the OK button. For example, in the image below I am choosing my Desktop as the default location.

select the new default save location




Now, whenever you save a new file, it will open to the location that you just specified.


We have previously written about using SkyDrive as the default save location for Word 2010, which is a good option if you use multiple computers, or simply if you want to create a backup solution for your documents.

There’s a newer version of Microsoft Word available, and you can get it as a subscription now. You can also use just one subscription to install Word and other Office programs on up to five computers, that can be any combination of Mac and Windows computers.

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