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Summary

This article contains a workaround for users seeking to change the default picture location in Microsoft Word 2013 or 2010.

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Microsoft Word 2013 and 2010 do not provide an option to change the default picture location. However, it does give you a way to browse to another folder after you click Insert, and then select Picture. If your pictures are saved in more than one location, we recommend that you use this method to access your pictures within Word 2013 or 2010.

Note: In earlier versions of Word, you were able to set the default picture folder location through the Clipart pictures item in the File Locations dialog box. The item and dialog are still present in Word 2010, but is removed in Word 2013. However, entering a different path folder in the File Locations dialog box will no longer change the default picture folder location.

To work around this behavior, you can add your preferred picture location to the Pictures library in Windows 8 or Windows 7 or you can copy your picture folder to the default location in Windows Vista or XP. 

For Windows 8

Add your preferred picture location to the Pictures library. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Click Desktop, and then click File Explorer.
  2. Locate the folder that you want to include and right-click the folder.
  3. Click Include in Library, and then select Pictures.
The preferred picture location can be:
  • A folder that is located on your computer
  • A folder that is located on an external hard disk drive
  • A folder that is located on the network

For Windows 7

Add your preferred picture location to the Pictures library. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, and then click Computer.
  2. Locate the folder that you want to include and right-click the folder.
  3. Click Include in Library, and then select Pictures.
The preferred picture location can be:
  • A folder that is located on your computer
  • A folder that is located on an external hard disk drive
  • A folder that is located on the network
For more information about how to include folders in a library, view this Microsoft article:

Include folders in a libary


For Windows Vista

Copy your preferred pictures folder to the Pictures folder. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Locate the folder that you want to include.
  2. Right-click this folder, and then select Copy.
  3. Click Start, and then select Pictures.
  4. Click Organize, and then select Paste.
  5. The copied folder should now appear in the Pictures folder.
The Pictures folder is located here: C:\Users\<UserName>\Pictures.


For Windows XP

Copy your preferred pictures folder to the My Pictures folder. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Locate the folder that you want to include.
  2. Right-click this folder, and then select Copy.
  3. Click Start, and then select My Pictures.
  4. Click Edit, and then select Paste.
  5. The copied folder should now appear in the My Pictures folder.
The My Pictures folder is located here: C:\Documents and Settings\<UserName>\My Documents\My Pictures


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Article ID: 2582721 - Last Review: November 5, 2012 - Revision: 2.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft Word 2013
  • Microsoft Word 2010
Keywords: 
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