How to Change Microsoft Office’s Default Save Location on Windows 10

Last Updated: Feb 13, 2024 by

If you’re a frequent user of Microsoft Office on Windows 10, you may have noticed that by default, all your files are saved to the “Documents” folder. While this may be convenient for some, it can become cumbersome if you prefer to save your files in a different location. Luckily, changing the default save location for Microsoft Office is a simple process. In this article, we’ll walk you through the steps to change Microsoft Office’s default save location on Windows 10.

Office Settings

The first step to changing the default save location is to open up any Microsoft Office application, such as Word or Excel. Once the application is open, click on the “File” tab in the top left corner. This will open up a menu with various options.


In the “File” menu, click on “Options” at the bottom of the list. This will open up a new window with various settings for the application.


In the left-hand menu of the “Options” window, click on “Save.” This will bring up the settings for saving files in Microsoft Office.

Default Local File Location

In the “Save” settings, you will see an option for “Default local file location.” By default, this will be set to the “Documents” folder. Click on the “Browse” button next to this option.

Choose a New Location

A new window will open up, allowing you to browse through your computer’s folders. Choose the folder where you would like your files to be saved by default. Once you have selected the folder, click “Select Folder.”

Save Changes

Back in the “Save” settings, you will now see the new location listed next to the “Default local file location” option. Click “OK” to save the changes.

File Management

Now, when you save a file in any Microsoft Office application, it will automatically be saved to the new default location you have chosen. This can help with file management and organization, as you can choose a location that makes the most sense for your workflow.

Additional Tips

If you have multiple versions of Microsoft Office installed on your computer, you will need to change the default save location for each version individually. Additionally, if you have multiple users on your computer, each user can have their own default save location for Microsoft Office.


Changing the default save location for Microsoft Office on Windows 10 is a simple process that can save you time and help with file management. By following these steps, you can customize your Microsoft Office experience to fit your needs and preferences.

Have you changed your default save location for Microsoft Office? Do you have any additional tips? Let us know in the comments.

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