How to Change the Default Save Location for Word 2010

Do you find yourself moving back and forth between folders each time you want to save a new Word document? Chances are you use a directory that differs from the default directory to save your documents. If this is the case, you can change the default Word directory to a location you use most frequently. In the guide below I will show you the steps necessary to change the default save directory in Word 2010. If you have any comments or questions please use the comments form below.

Note: I used Word 2010 for this tutorial.


1. Click on File to open the menu.

2. Click on Options.


3. When the Word Options window opens click on Save located on the pane to the left.

4. Click on Browse next to Default file location.

You will notice that the default save location for Word is C>Users”>[User Name]>Documents


5. Locate and choose the folder you would like to use as the default save location for Word.

6. Click OK to save the selection.


A. Make sure the directory selected is as intended.

7. Click OK to save the settings.

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  • Pcholastin

    This only works for one save. What happen to every other save/saves as document that defaulting back to the C:usersusernamedocuments folder. It seems you just missed the mark. The idea is, can you redirect the default save/save as to a network location and for any new future save/save as to automatically defaulting there instead of to C:usersusernamedocuments?

    • This should work for all saves. Is the computer you are using on a corporate network? If so, IT may have group policy that assigns a specific directory that overwrites your changes. Policy trumps your changes, let me know if this is the case.

      Sent from my iPad

  • dnice

    I’ve changed my default save location as per your instructions, and the default save was where I wanted it for one save, but for every save after that, Word is defaulting to the “Documents” folder. I checked the settings, and it still shows the default location that I specified. What gives? Any ideas?

  • Thanks. You saved me a few steps.

  • Thanks. You saved me a few steps.

  • Thanks. You saved me a few steps.

  • Thanks. You saved me a few steps.