How to change Microsoft Office 2016 default save location?

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.

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: If you don’t have Office 365 for Education account you can create one on Please enter your NJIT email address to create Office 365 for Education account.

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