How to Change The Default Save Location in Windows 7 to a Custom Folder

When you use the “Save as” dialog box to save any file in Windows7, you are taken to the “My Documents” folder. Either you can save the file in your My documents folder there itself and later cut paste it to a custom folder you want, or you can use the “Browse for files” button to save the file in a custom directory.

Change the Default Save Location in Windows7 to a custom folder or directory

Change the Default Save Location in Windows7 to a custom folder or directory

The problem comes when you have to save files frequently to the My documents folder. You save the file in My Documents library, then open a new window, go to the My documents folder, select the file, cut it and then move to the custom folder of your choice and paste it. This is just too many steps which can be avoided if you change the default save directory in Windows7.

Example: You have to regularly deal with email attachments and download them in your computer. This involves saving Word documents or PowerPoint presentations and saving all of them in the My documents folder can be in fact a bit risky. This is because, in case of a virus attack or complete system crash, there are high chances that the Operating System drive has to be formatted which will destroy all the data in “My Documents” folder.

How to Change Default Save Location in Windows 7

1. When you are saving a file using the “Save as”option in any application, double click to open the “Libraries” folder.

Change Default Save as Address in Windows7

Change Default Save as Address in Windows7

2. Now double click to open the Documents library, as shown below:

Change Default Save Directory in Windows7
3. Click the locations link in the folder to add your custom folder or directory where you would want to save the documents by default. This folder can be present anywhere on your computer, it can be a non operating system drive as well.

Add Library location in Windows7
4.  In the next window, specify the location of the folder and you are done.

Custom Save as folder in Windows7

Custom Save as folder in Windows7

So it’s actually quite simple to specify your own custom folder for the default save as dialog boxes. If you use Dropbox and use multiple computers at work, it would be a nice idea to include your “My Dropbox” folder in the document library.

Doing this will allow you to save any file directly in “My Dropbox” folder from the save as dialog box, and the Dropbox client will sync the files across multiple computers automatically.

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