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How to change save as default location in Excel?

When you finish a workbook and save it, Excel will automatically save the file to My Documents folder. But, sometimes, you need to save the workbook to another folder which you always use. In this case, you need to find the location that you need in the Save As dialog box. And this may be annoying for you to locate the folder each time. How could you change the default location to another location you use in Excel?

Change the default file location to another folder in Excel

arrow blue right bubbleChange the default file location to another folder in Excel

To change the default file location to another folder on your computer, please do as follows:

1. Click File > Options, and an Excel Options dialog box will display.

2. In the Excel Options dialog, click Save in the left pane, and then you can replace the Default file location with your desired folder in the text box. See screenshot:


3. After entering the new save location, then click OK. Next time when you save a new workbook file, it will be saved to the default file location you specified.

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    dimi · 11 months ago
    no longer valid- default location is onedrive and changes as described here doesn't change from onedrive to regular documents
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    alex · 3 years ago
    great guide but it doesn't cover situation when your file opened from system temp folder - it causes excel to offer this temp folder location on "save as..."
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      Malli · 1 years ago
      I couldnt find much help online and I ran out of time searching.
      So here is a workaround, in the Save As dialog window you can find the folder browsing pane on the left. Right click on the Favorite folder (Dont left click first) and choose the option "Add current locations to Favorites". Doing so will add a shortcut of the location you are in. So first browse to the location and then try the steps above.
      Hope this helps