How to Change the Default Directory in Excel

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Last updated on June 1, 2023

This tutorial demonstrates how to change the default directory in Excel.

change default save directory excel

Change the Default Directory

Excel, by default, saves all files in the folder: C:\Users\*username*\Documents. To change this, in the Ribbon, go to File > Options.

excel save options

  1. In the Excel Options screen, choose Save.
  2. Then change the Default local file location (under Save Workbooks) to the desired directory.

change default save directory excel

Excel files are now, by default, saved in the new folder specified in Excel Options.

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