- The original folder
- The documents setting in the Options dialog box.
Note To access the Options dialog box in Word 2003 and in earlier versions of Word, click
Options on the Tools menu. To access this dialog box in Word 2007, click the Microsoft Office Button, click Word Options, and then click Save.
Under Save documents, you will see the Default file location box.
- The "My Documents" folder or the "Documents" folder.
Original FolderWhen you save an existing document, Word always saves it in its original location. If you want to change where Word saves an existing file in Word 2003 or in an earlier version of Word, open the file, click Save As on the File menu, and then select a new location.
In Word 2007, click the Microsoft Office Button, click Save As, and then select a new location.
Documents SettingWhen you save a new file, Word 2003 and earlier versions of Word propose that you save the file in the folder that is specified on the File Locations tab in the Options dialog box. Word 2007, the folder is specified on the Save page in the Word Options dialog box.
To change this setting in Word 2003 and in earlier versions of Word, follow these steps:
- On the Tools menu, click Options.
- Click the File Locations tab.
- Click Documents, and then click the Modify button.
- Type the new path that you want Word to use for opening and saving documents.
- Click OK, and then click Close.
- Click the Microsoft Office Button, and then click Word Options.
- Click Save.
- Under Save documents, click Browse next to the Default file location box.
- Browse to the new default working folder, and then click OK.
- Word 2007HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Word\12.0\Options
- Word 2003HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Word\11.0\Options
- Microsoft Word 2002HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Word\10.0\Options
- Microsoft Word 2000HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Word\9.0\Options
- Microsoft Word 97HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Word\8.0\Options
- Microsoft Word 95HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Word\7.0\Options
After you modify the Documents setting, any changes that you make in the default file location will be registered here even if the setting is returned to the original location (the "Documents" folder in Word 2007, and the "My Documents" folder in earlier versions of Word). This setting will take precedence over the original documents folder that was set at installation.
In Word 2003 and in earlier versions of Word, if the Documents field on the File Locations tab is blank, Word displays the "My Documents" folder in the Save As dialog box. In Word 2007, if the Default file location box is blank, Word displays the "Documents" folder in the Save As dialog box.
This folder is created during the setup of Word and Office for Windows. This folder is registered in the Microsoft Windows registry. All Office programs save files in this location.
To change where Office applications store their files, you must edit the Windows registry. To edit the Windows registry, follow these steps.
Warning Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly by using Registry Editor or by using another method. These problems might require that you reinstall the operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that these problems can be solved. Modify the registry at your own risk.
- In Word 2003 and in earlier versions of Word, click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
In Word 2007, click Start , type REGEDIT in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
- Locate the following registry key:
\User Shell Folders
- Select Personal. On the Edit menu, click Modify, and type the Value Data to the desired path.
- Exit the registry.
Article ID: 134725 - Last Review: Jan 19, 2007 - Revision: 1