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How to Change the Default Save Location in Windows 7?

By Codrut Nistor

Posted in How-to, Windows-7

Whenever you create a document or any other file and you want to save it the default location ware that file is saved is C:usersUser1. Where User1 is the name of a user account in Windows. This means that when User1 will try to save any file it will be saved in the above location. As default this configuration is not at all bad. However if you are regularly connected to Internet there are chances that your computer might get infected with several viruses and that too very frequently. If this is the case you need to format and reinstall Windows on your computer after every 3 to 4 months. If you want to save your documents you need to copy all your documents from the default location to any other drive everytime you want to format your computer. The problem in this case is that if by chance you forget to backup your documents and you accidentally formatted your system drive all your documents will be lost. Moreover if you will save all your data on the system drive there are chances that you will eat up the entire disk space earlier than expected.

To prevent this situation you can change the default save location to any other drive where your data will be secured and your system drive will not be consumed quickly. You can change the default save location by following the steps given below:

  1. Click on Start button.
  2. In the start menu right click on Documents and from the context menu select Properties.
  3. On the Documents Properties page click on Include a folder button and browse to the different folder at different location where you want to save all your documents and other data files and click on Include Folder button.
  4. Back on the Documents Properties page right click on the newly included folder and from the menu select Set As Default Save Location and click on Ok button to accept and confirm your configuration.