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  1.    27 Jul 2017 #1
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    Locating saved files


    Windows 10 seems to have a mind of its own when I save files. I use "Save as"the first time and expect it to continue saving to the same location that I specified initially. But no, click on "Save" and it saves it in any one of a number of places so I end up with several versions of the same file in different places on the computer, on the external drive and in the cloud. How do I stop this and have it save to the location I nominate?
    Thanks.
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  2.    27 Jul 2017 #2

    Save should always save to the designated downloads folder. You can always click on quick access in file explorer which shows the last used files. I use this all the time as its so quick.
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  3.    27 Jul 2017 #3
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    It will depend also on which program you're running when you save your document. Office may behave differently to, say Firefox in this respect.

    I find having extra buttons on my title bars really handy so I've consistent access to favourite and recent folders for example. (That's a 3rd party program, Actual Window Manager- other such programs exist).
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  4.    27 Jul 2017 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by swarfega View Post
    Save should always save to the designated downloads folder. You can always click on quick access in file explorer which shows the last used files. I use this all the time as its so quick.
    Thanks for your help.
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  5.    27 Jul 2017 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by dalchina View Post
    It will depend also on which program you're running when you save your document. Office may behave differently to, say Firefox in this respect.

    I find having extra buttons on my title bars really handy so I've consistent access to favourite and recent folders for example. (That's a 3rd party program, Actual Window Manager- other such programs exist).
    I have the problem with Office. Quick Access in File Explorer apparently shows the last used file so perhaps that's another simple way of finding the most up to date version. But it doesn't explain why the software can choose where to save something. I end up with files updated at different times saved all over the place.
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  6.    27 Jul 2017 #6
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    Example:
    WPS Writer (was Kingsoft) - if I save a file to folder T1, then close & launch Writer, and create a new doct, its Save As offers folder T1.
    Same with Polyedit (a Wordpad+ tabbed light replacement).

    If I then launch Wordpad, and try Save As, it offers Documents. I save to T1, and continue as above. On the second attempt, it again offers Documents, not T1.

    However, having the title bar buttons makes it easy:
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    Many programs behave thus: if you open a document in a folder, you will also first save to the same folder.

    The issue is how the program is designed- whether it always remembers the last used location (saved to the registry e.g.) or whether it always starts from a default location.

    I don't recall ever seeing any option or preference related to this.
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  7.    27 Jul 2017 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by dalchina View Post
    Example:
    WPS Writer (was Kingsoft) - if I save a file to folder T1, then close & launch Writer, and create a new doct, its Save As offers folder T1.
    Same with Polyedit (a Wordpad+ tabbed light replacement).

    If I then launch Wordpad, and try Save As, it offers Documents. I save to T1, and continue as above. On the second attempt, it again offers Documents, not T1.

    However, having the title bar buttons makes it easy:
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    Many programs behave thus: if you open a document in a folder, you will also first save to the same folder.

    The issue is how the program is designed- whether it always remembers the last used location (saved to the registry e.g.) or whether it always starts from a default location.

    I don't recall ever seeing any option or preference related to this.
    Thanks. I have been using MS Word and Excel pretty much since they first emerged and I have never had this problem until now. Once the initial destination was selected with the Save As command, all future saves overwrote (i.e. updated) the previous version unless the Save As option was used and a different destination chosen. I don't use any of the programs you mention. I am using MS Office, predominantly Word and Excel. Those are the programs I need help with. I also have far more file folders and sub-folders than I could create buttons for. Thanks anyway. V
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  8.    27 Jul 2017 #8
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    The recent button shows a big list of recent items as a drop-down (I didn't want to include more as my name was shown)

    The favourites button likewise - it's not one per button!

    Works for universal apps too.
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  9.    27 Jul 2017 #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vee39 View Post
    I have the problem with Office. Quick Access in File Explorer apparently shows the last used file so perhaps that's another simple way of finding the most up to date version. But it doesn't explain why the software can choose where to save something. I end up with files updated at different times saved all over the place.
    Recent versions of Office are a real pain like that.

    It doesn't present you the usual "save as" dialog as every single other program in Windows but rather some weird concoction all of its own. I find it particularly confusing saving to OneDrive as it isn't clear if it is saving first to my OneDrive directory on my disk:

    C:\Users\Hali\OneDrive\Documents\Personal\Accounts\Accounts.xls

    to be synched later (which shows up in quick access) or uploaded direct to the cloud with a random path like:

    https://d.docs.live.net/a73656872bbc371a/Documents/Personal/Accounts/Accounts.xlsx

    to be synched back down to my PC (which doesn't show up in quick access).

    I guess people who use Office a lot get used to it but for me it is confusing as anything.

    As I don't use Office that much I tend to move my document to desktop, edit it and then move it back where I want it. Perhaps there is a better way...
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  10.    27 Jul 2017 #10
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    Dalchina:

    When I go to save a word file, I don't get anything like what you show, which is:

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    In my case, on choosing File, Save I am taken to a big square white window with a blue column on the left, labelled "Save As", with two columns. The left one offers Computer and Add a Place. The right one offers Computer: Recent Folders, followed by a list of recent folders, and a button "Browse" at the bottom.

    1. How can I get what you see (attachment)? and then:

    2. How can I set up your several buttons offering tailor-made folders?

    Thanks.
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