Set a default working folder

The Documents folder is the default working folder for all of the files that you create in your Microsoft Office programs. You can choose a different default working folder.

Set a different default working folder

Note   The folder that you select applies only to the program that you are currently using. For example, if you change the default working folder for Word, the default working folder for PowerPoint is still My Documents.

Which Office program are you using?









  1. Click the File tab, and then click Options.

  2. Click General.

  3. Under Creating databases, in the Default database folder box, type the path of the folder where you want to store Access database files.

Excel, PowerPoint, Project, and Word

  1. Click the File tab, and then click Options.

  2. Click Save.

  3. Under Save workbooks, Save presentations, Save projects, or Save documents, type the path in the Default local file location box.


  1. Click the File tab, and then click Options.

  2. Click General, and then, under InfoPath Options, click More Options.

  3. Click the Design tab.

  4. At the Project location for Visual Basic and C# code: field, Browse to the new default folder and click Open.

  5. Click OK to save your changes.


When you set a default working folder in Visio, the folder that you designate for a particular type of file is the first place that Visio searches for any file of that type. If Visio fails to find a specific file in the designated folder, it searches in the My Documents folder for drawings and templates and in the My Documents\My Shapes folder for stencils. It searches in the Documents and Settings\user name folder for add-ins.

  1. Click the File tab, and then click Options.

  2. Click Advanced, and then, under General, click File Locations…

  3. For each file type that you want to set a default folder for, click the appropriate Browse  Button image  button, and then browse to the folder where you want to store that file type. You can have separate storage folders for each of the following types of files:

    • My Shapes

    • Drawings

    • Templates

    • Stencils

    • Help

    • Add-ons

    • Start-up

  4. Click OK twice.

Note   You can add more than one folder for each file type. If you do so, the first folder is the default working folder. If the first folder is not available (for example, a network share that may be temporarily unavailable), Visio uses the next folder in the list. Property report definitions that are saved to these locations are available in the Reports dialog box. Find links to more information about property reports in the See Also section.

Applies To: Visio Premium 2010, PowerPoint 2013, Office 2010, InfoPath 2013, Publisher 2013, Visio 2013, Visio Professional 2016, OneNote 2010, Word 2010, Excel 2016, Visio Standard 2010, Word 2016, Access 2016, Access 2013, PowerPoint 2016, InfoPath 2010, Project Professional 2016, Visio Professional 2013, Excel 2010, Visio 2010, PowerPoint 2010, OneNote 2013, Excel 2013, Project Standard 2016, Word 2013, Access 2010

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