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Change Office Save Location to Local

Steps taken and modified from NJIT... with thanks

During the Microsoft Office 2016 installation, on the last screen, you will be asked whether you would like to sign to Microsoft account or cancel (option recommended for faculty and staff) and start using your Microsoft Office application.

Use your DE email as your username and your DE network password to sign in.

If you choose to sign to Microsoft Account you account will be linked with all Office applications and all files automatically will be saved to the OneDrive. If you signed  to your personal account, your files will be by default saved to your personal OneDrive. If you signed to the Office 365 for Education (cloud-based collaboration suite similar to Google Apps) your files will be saved to the OneDrive for Education.

Note that if oneDrive is configured properly on your computer, it will synchronize things between oneDrive and your computer and it won't matter whether you save locally or in the cloud.

You can  change this default setting and save files to your computer hard drive or network drive by following the instructions below.

Open any one of the Microsoft Office 2016 programs
Click on the File menu item
Click on Options
Dialog box “Word Options” opens. Click on  Save settings located on the left menu
On the right-hand side you will see a checkbox labeled “Save to computer by default”, check it and then click OK.

Now when you go to save a document it will default to your PC.

Last Updated: August 23, 2017
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