How to Save Office Documents to This PC by Default

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Microsoft Office wants you to save your documents in online locations such as OneDrive or SharePoint. This is the default in applications such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Here's how to change the default backup location of Documents or another folder to "This PC".

These instructions apply to the latest versions of Microsoft Office on Windows 10, whether you have an Office 365 subscription or have purchased a package such as Office 2019.

To start, open an Office application such as Microsoft Word if it is not already open. Click on the "File" menu in the upper left corner of the application window.

Opening the File menu in Microsoft Word.

Click on the "Options" link in the lower left corner of the window. (If you have just opened an application such as Word and you are prompted to create a new document from a template or open an existing document, you can simply click "Options" immediately without clicking on "File" first.)

Opening the Options window in Microsoft Word.

Select the "Save" category on the left side of the window. Under Save Documents, enable the "Save to Default Computer" option.

Saving documents to the local computer by default in Microsoft Word.

Office will save your documents in the Documents folder of your default user account. This is usually C: Users NAME Documents .

If you want to change the default folder, you can select a new location by clicking "Browse" to the right of "Default File Location".

Choose a default backup folder for documents in Microsoft Word.

When done, click "OK" to save your changes.

Click the OK button to save your changes in the Word Options window.

When this option is enabled, Office applications such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint save documents to "This PC" by default.

The Office Registration dialog box with your documents folder selected by default.

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