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(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/256986/ )Description of the Microsoft Windows registry
This article describes how Microsoft Word decides where to save new documents and existing documents. This article also describes how you can change the folder that Word displays in the Save As dialog box.
In Microsoft Office Word 2003 and in earlier versions of Word, you click Save on the File menu. In Microsoft Office Word 2007, you click the Microsoft Office Button and then click Save. When you do this, Word looks in the following places, in the following order of hierarchy, to decide which folder to display in the Save As dialog box:
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:
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.
Article ID: 134725 - Last Review: January 19, 2007 - Revision: 5.1