How to Set Your Default Save As Folder for Windows Vista


Any program that runs in Windows Vista automatically saves files to a specific location -- usually somewhere within the "Documents" folder. This is the default save location. Anytime you save something within that program, the document you saved will end up there, unless otherwise specified. Some programs contain an option that allows you to modify their default save location. Unfortunately, no method exists that changes the default save directory for all programs; you have to do that on a program-to-program basis.

  • Choose which program's default save address you want to modify, and open it.

  • Find the "File Locations" or "Default Save" option. This is going to be different on a program-to-program basis. For example, if you are using Microsoft Word 2003, you'd find the "File Locations" setting by clicking "Tools," then "Options," and then "File Locations." If you're using Google Chrome, you would click "Tools," then "Options," and then "Under the Hood." In general, if your program is capable of setting up a different default save directory, you'll find the option under the "Tools" or "Options" menu.

  • Change the default save directory by clicking the "Change" or "Modify" button.

  • Select your new default save directory, and then click "OK."

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