Can word processor documents be sent to desktop vs Documents folder

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  1. Posts : 55
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    Can word processor documents be sent to desktop vs Documents folder


    Using Win 10 on Dell desktop PC
    Is there a way for documents in Microsoft WordPad and other word processors to be saved to my desktop directly rather than the default which is to Documents?
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  2. Ztruker's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1055
       #2

    Sure, you can save them wherever you want.

    In my old Office 2007, I open Word, click on File (button, top left) the Word Options button at bottom.

    Can word processor documents be sent to desktop vs Documents folder-word1.jpg

    Then click on the Save option at left and change the Default file location:
    Can word processor documents be sent to desktop vs Documents folder-word2.jpg

    I don't know the steps for other versions of Office but it should be similar.

    You can also use the File, Save as each time and select where you want to save a document.
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  3. Try3's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H1 Build 19043.1052
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    Yes. The SaveAs dialog allows you to browse to any folder of your choice.

    Almost all applications will then show the last saved-in folder when your use SaveAs the next time so you can use the same one again or browse somewhere else if you prefer.

    Many applications have a default folder that can be changed in its Options/Preferences but that does not constrain the choice available in SaveAs.

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  4. Posts : 55
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    Thanks to responders for their input and suggestions. Yes I am aware that in WordPad one can select a folder to save the document to. However the default with my Win 10 Home WordPad is the Documents folder - I was wondering if one could change the default to Desktop. However there does not appear to be a way. Using the "Save as" does not show the last saved-in folder when your use SaveAs the next time for me.
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  5. Try3's Avatar
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    fdm2000 said:
    Is there a way for documents in Microsoft WordPad and other word processors to be saved to my desktop directly rather than the default which is to Documents?
    fdm2000 said:
    Thanks to responders for their input and suggestions. Yes I am aware that in WordPad one can select a folder to save the document to. However the default with my Win 10 Home WordPad is the Documents folder - I was wondering if one could change the default to Desktop. However there does not appear to be a way. Using the "Save as" does not show the last saved-in folder when your use SaveAs the next time for me.

    That's a different question.
    You want to know how to change the default.
    Only by 'relocating' your user Documents folder to your Desktop. Move Location of Documents Folder - TenForumsTutorials but it seems a very big step to take just to satisfy WordPad.
    I would not be at all surprised to find that somebody has discovered a Registry hack to do what you want more directly & without relocating the Documents folder.

    Denis
    Last edited by Try3; 29 Aug 2020 at 12:29.
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  6. Posts : 55
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    Thanks Denis, you are right it is not worth the effort to move Documents to the Desktop - will live with the manual change from the Documents default to the Desktop for each save in WordPad.
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  7. Ztruker's Avatar
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    Try this: Solved: Wordpad and Notepad default directory

    Edit: Never mind. I just tried it and it doesn't work.
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  8. jimbo45's Avatar
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       #8

    Hi there

    @fdm2000

    you can save to a folder and then save the folder to desktop using method below. It's a Bit "Manual" but it works.

    or for individual files :

    1) browse to file in file explorer
    2) right mouse click
    3) choose send to desktop

    Can word processor documents be sent to desktop vs Documents folder-screenshot_20200830_115614.png

    Cheers
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  9. Posts : 5
    Windows 10
       #9

    For Wordpad, there's no option to change the default save folder. But for Word (2019 version), click File > Options > Save, then change Default Local File Location.
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  10. Posts : 2,015
    Windows 10
       #10

    The Desktop folder is a system folder, a dubious location for your files.
    Don't do it....

    I always just keep shortcuts to Document files/folders on the Desktop, the reason being if the shortcut disappears the document file/folder itself does not.

    You can right click the document or folder and Send to > Desktop(create shortcut) as shown in post #8.
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