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How do I stop Word saving to OneDrive?

Microsoft. Big stompy Microsoft. It’s better behaved than it used to be when Bill Gates sat sneering through court depositions, but it still has its moments. Like its continued efforts to make you use OneDrive. Not fussed about OneDrive? Me neither. So here’s how to stop Word saving to OneDrive by default.

How to stop Word saving to OneDrive

Time needed: 2 minutes.

This is how to stop recent versions of Word (we’ve tested this back to Word 2016) on the PC defaulting to OneDrive every time you hit the Save button.

  1. Open Word’s settings

    Open Word, and create a new document. Click on the File menu in the top left-hand corner and then click on Options in the bottom-left corner of the window.

  2. Choose Save To Computer

    Click Save from the sidebar on the left-hand side of the window that appears. Then, in the right-hand pane, tick the option that says “Save to Computer by default”.

  3. Choose a new destination folder

    You now need to tell Word which folder you’d like to save documents in by default. Hit the Browse button next to “Default local file location” and navigate to the folder that you wish to use. I’ve chosen a folder in my Dropbox, which I find far more reliable and flexible as a cloud service than OneDrive. Your screen should look something like this now:

  4. Finish and test

    Now click OK at the bottom of the screen and test whether it’s working by typing a few random words and hitting Save. Hopefully, it should default to your new location.

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Barry Collins

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