EndUserSharePoint.com: How do I redefine the default location for saving files?

One of the interesting features in the major MS Word Applications is the ability to define where the "Save" or "Save As…" button points upon initially saving a file. By default, it usually points to "My Documents". If you are using SharePoint a lot, it will probably be useful to reset that default to a top level location within your SharePoint site.


  • Open SharePoint to the location you’d like to have as your "Save" default
  • Copy the URL of that location
  • Open Word (as an example)
  • Click the Office Button in the top left corner
  • Click the Word Options button in the bottom right corner
  • Click the Save link in the left menu
  • In the Default file location text box, paste the URL, removing any extraneous items like Forms/AllItems.aspx
  • Click OK in the bottom right corner

The next time you click the Save button, you’ll be pointed directly into that location, be it a library or a top level view that exposes all the libraries you can choose from on that site. Not bad for a thirty second fix, if I do say so myself.


Customize Save As location to point to SharePoint