How To Stop Default Save To Onedrive

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As a frequent user of Microsoft Office applications, I can empathize with the annoyance of having files automatically saved to OneDrive as the default setting. Despite its convenient cloud storage and collaboration capabilities, OneDrive may not always be the preferred location for saving files. In this article, I will walk you through the necessary steps to change the default save location from OneDrive to a different location.

Step 1: Open Microsoft Office Applications

To begin, open any Microsoft Office application such as Word, Excel, or PowerPoint. In this example, I’ll use Microsoft Word.

Step 2: Access the Options Menu

Once the application is open, click on the “File” tab located in the top left corner of the screen. From the drop-down menu, select “Options”.

Step 3: Navigate to the Save Settings

In the “Options” window, navigate to the “Save” tab. This is where you can customize the default save location.

Step 4: Change the Default Save Location

Under the “Save documents” section, you’ll find a dropdown menu labeled “Save to OneDrive”. By default, it is set to “OneDrive – Personal”. Click on the dropdown and select “This PC” to change the default save location to your computer.

Step 5: Save Your Changes

After selecting “This PC”, click on the “OK” button at the bottom of the “Options” window to save your changes.

From now on, when you save a new document or file in any Microsoft Office application, it will be saved to your computer’s local storage by default, rather than to OneDrive.

Please note that changing the default save location will only apply to the Microsoft Office application you made the change in. If you want to change the default save location for other Microsoft Office applications, such as Excel or PowerPoint, you’ll need to follow the same steps within each application.


By following these simple steps, you can easily stop the default save to OneDrive in Microsoft Office applications. This allows you to choose a different location that better suits your needs. Whether you prefer local storage or another cloud service, having control over where your files are saved can greatly improve your workflow.