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Hour 3. Managing Documents > Changing Your Default Documents Folder

Changing Your Default Documents Folder

By default, Word assumes that you want to store documents in the My Documents folder or one of its subfolders, so it automatically displays the contents of the My Documents folder when you first display the Open or Save As dialog box. If you use a different folder for your data files, you will probably want Word to automatically display its contents in the Open and Save As dialog boxes instead.

To change your default documents folder, follow these steps:

1.
Choose Tools, Options.

2.
In the Options dialog box, click the File Locations tab.

3.
Select Documents under File Types, and then click the Modify button.

4.
In the Modify Location dialog box that appears, navigate to and select the folder that you want to be the default documents folder. When its name appears in the Look In text box, click OK.

5.
Click the Close button in the Options dialog box.

Now when you display the Open dialog box, the folder you designated appears by default in the Look In box. By the same token, when you display the Save As dialog box, this folder appears in the Save In box.

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