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Windows 7: Save to Desktop -vs- Save to Documents

12 Mar 2015   #1
SomeUserName

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit (SP1)
 
 
Save to Desktop -vs- Save to Documents

Whenever I save a file or WANT to save a file to the desktop, I go to "Save As" and it always wants to revert to saving to the documents folder instead of the desktop making me have to take the extra step to choose desktop instead of the computer just realizing thats where I want it to go.

In the documents folder for Library Locations I have removed anything with the word "documents" so the one and only location listed in Documents Library now is "C:\Users\Username\Desktop".

Yet when I make a new document and go to "save as" it is still wanting to save to documents despite being removed from the library locations.

On more than 2 occasions now I was in a hurry and went to save as but didn't check the location assuming it was going to go to the desktop which is where its supposed to but instead had to waste time hunting down some random folder the file went to.

Is there any way to make it so the "Save As" option cannot see or does not realize there is a documents folder (Kind of like how malware can hide from AntiVirus) and default to saving my files to the desktop on the first try without having to manually select desktop location?


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12 Mar 2015   #2
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

What program are you saving the document from? Many programs have a preference setting somewhere for you to tell it the default location to save or open documents.

For instance, here's the default Save location setting for Word 2013:
Save to Desktop -vs- Save to Documents-dflt.jpg


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13 Mar 2015   #3
SomeUserName

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit (SP1)
 
 

This is typically with notepad and paint. I use notepad to take "quick notes". Paint does it to as it wants to save to pictures instead of desktop. So as for "many programs have a preference" I guess I can see how basic Windows programs would save to the respective Windows folder.

When I use programs like Format Factory, I have it set in the options as your picture shows to have all my output files to the desktop. I like to have everything go to the desktop so its handy right there and sort later when finished with the file.

The windows basic programs like Notepad and Paint do not offer an option for default save folder however if I open a program that is already on the desktop and go to save as it will be at the desktop folder to resave but that would be expected behavior.

I see that Word 2013 is a paid program. I cannot even find an option in OpenOffice.org which is a free program I have. I would think that maybe that default save option is not available in free version of programs but then Format Factory is a free program so that rules out that idea. IDK I guess I'll have to be more careful where the save folder is but it would just be nice to eliminate that extra step.
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13 Mar 2015   #4
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

Notepad and Paint are simple programs so don't have the ability to configure options.

As far as OpenOffice, you may be in luck. On the main OpenOffice menu, click on Tools, the Options and the select Paths.
Save to Desktop -vs- Save to Documents-ooo.jpg

I would change the My Documents path to point to your desktop and that should save all of your OpenOffice files to the desktop.


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14 Mar 2015   #5
SomeUserName

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit (SP1)
 
 

Ahh nice. I never saw that option because I open the programs directly on not though the main screen. Too me a bit to find that tools option.

After trying that though it is still wanting to save files to documents library and in the library locations it is still showing the 1 path I set it to which was the desktop.

Maybe the machine needs a restart before this change will take effect. I should be restarting in a few hours so I'll check back on it then.
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14 Mar 2015   #6
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

I have folders on my desktop called geekNtech, RMS projects -- almost all my programs are not on the desktop [rather, reachable via geekNtech folder], all my downloads and created data files are within either RMS projects, or. simply reachable via Explorer.exe. I'm old school -- I remember not to have loads of stuff in the root directory [harkening back to DOS 3.3/Windows 3.1, DOS 6.22 & WFW 3.11]. I consider Desktop to be a "root directory" for each account, admin, mine, etc. If for some reason the Desktop icons & folder shortcuts disappear, it's no big deal to copy back the few, the proud, the Mar- uh, icons from a backup D-drive directory But hey, ya gotta go with whatever works best for ya!
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14 Mar 2015   #7
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SomeUserName View Post
Ahh nice. I never saw that option because I open the programs directly on not though the main screen. Too me a bit to find that tools option.

After trying that though it is still wanting to save files to documents library and in the library locations it is still showing the 1 path I set it to which was the desktop.

Maybe the machine needs a restart before this change will take effect. I should be restarting in a few hours so I'll check back on it then.
I set the My Documents path to point to my Desktop and when I selected Open or SaveAs the location it used was the Desktop. No reboot was necessary. Of course, if you opened a file that was originally stored in My Documents then attempt to save that file, it will still try to save it in My Documents and not the Desktop. Any program will save to the original location the file was opened from unless you manually override it.
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15 Mar 2015   #8
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Instead of trying to sit on SuperWindowsMan's cape, why not simply create a desktop-located shortcut to the default download directory? Somebody tell me, 'cause I've never done redirections as described above -- what happens to such things if there is a Systems [OS] Repair?
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15 Mar 2015   #9
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
Instead of trying to sit on SuperWindowsMan's cape, why not simply create a desktop-located shortcut to the default download directory? Somebody tell me, 'cause I've never done redirections as described above -- what happens to such things if there is a Systems [OS] Repair?
There's no redirection happening and there would be absolutely no change to the OS so your concern is completely unfounded.

The change I described is limited to the OpenOffice suite of programs only.
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16 Mar 2015   #10
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Thanks Strollin! I learned something new from you today
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