Make Microsoft Office Documents Save to Your Computer by Default

Microsoft Office saves files to your the cloud by default. But you might have them save to your computer’s local hard drive instead. Here’s how.

One of my favorite features in Microsoft Office is it saves files to your OneDrive by default. That allows you to access your docs from virtually anywhere and on any device. But you might not want your files to save to the cloud and rather they save to your local hard drive.

Note: Here I’m using Word 2013 and the steps are the same in all modern versions of Microsoft Office including Excel and PowerPoint. Also, once you make the change in one program, it changes them all across the board.

Make OfficeDocs Save to Computer By Default

Open Word and click the File tab, then Options.

Disable SkyDrive 1

From the sidebar, go to Save settings.

Under Save Documents section check “Save to My Computer by Default”. Then click OK.

Now when you save a new document, it’s set to save to your local computer and you just need to pick a directory. But you still have the option to save to OneDrive if you need to later.


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