Changing PowerPoint's Default File Save Location
If you desire, you can change PowerPoint's file save location to something other than My Documents. If you are using Windows 9x, PowerPoint probably saves it to C:\My Documents, but if you are using Windows 2000 on a network, chances are that the default path is C:\Documents and Settings\User Name.Domain\My Documents. Of course you can change any of these locations by following these simple instructions:
- Select Tools, Options, Save tab.
- Notice while you are here in the Save Dialog Box, there are options such as disabling Auto Saves or changing the times on your Auto Saves. You also have two command blocks.
- The first block is for your File Save Types with the default being PowerPoint 2000. However, you can change this default to an older version of PowerPoint or save it as a web page.
- The second block is how to change your default file save location to something other than My Documents. Simply highlight the text in the block, delete, and then type in the new file path location to store your PowerPoint presentations.
- Then click OK. From now on your presentations will be stored in the new location. Also you can select a specific folder to save your presentation by selecting File, Save As, then keying in your file path. However, that only works with individual presentations while changing the default will save all PowerPoint files to that location.
Experience the other options to save as well, such as Fast Save and timed Auto Saves.
This tip comes from Steve Rindsberg who is president of RDP, a 35mm slide-imaging service bureau that specializes in PowerPoint output. RDP also does custom PowerPoint VBA programming, develops Web-based utilities, and creates Acrobat PDF-based interactive documents for the Web and/or CD distribution. You can find RDP on the Web at http://www.rdpslides.com/.
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Date of last revision: 10 September 2001.