Ever since the release of official SkyDrive client for desktop, millions of Windows users have been using the cloud storage service from Microsoft to keep a backup of crucial documents, pictures, and other files.
As you may know, Microsoft Office 2013 offers an option to quickly save documents to your SkyDrive account. If you are an Office 2010 user and want to save documents to SkyDrive, you need to install the SkyDrive desktop client and then browse to the SkyDrive folder every time to save a document. Wouldn’t it be cool if there was a better way to quickly save Office documents your SkyDrive account?
With default settings, when you press Ctrl + S hotkey or click the Save icon to save an Office document, the Save As dialog box opens Documents folder located under Libraries. Since Documents folder is the default location selected by Office, majority of computer users save all Office documents in Documents folder only.
Users who would like automatically save a backup copy of the Office document in the cloud might like the idea of changing default location selected to save Office documents and set the new location as SkyDrive. If you have a Microsoft account (Live, Hotmail, or Outlook.com), you can easily set your SkyDrive account as default file saving location in Office 2010.
Complete the below mentioned instructions to change the default Office file saving location to SkyDrive and quickly save/upload Office documents to SkyDrive.
NOTE: This guide works for Office 2010 installed on Windows 7 as well as Windows 8.
Step 1: Download SkyDrive for desktop setup, run the installer, and then follow simple on-screen instructions to complete the installation.
Step 2: Once installed, open Office 2010 Word application. Click File menu and then click Options.
Step 3: In the left-pane, switch to the Save tab to see various options to change the default saving settings.
Step 4: Here, next to Default file location, enter the path to your SkyDrive folder or sub-folder located in your SkyDrive. If you aren’t sure about the default location of SkyDrive folder, click Browse button to open Modify Location dialog box, click the SkyDrive icon present under Favorites (in the left pane) and then click OK button.
Step 5: Once the new location is set as the default location to your files, click OK button to exit Options dialog box.
From now on, whenever you press Ctrl + S hotkey or click Save icon, the Save As dialog will open the SkyDrive folder. That’s it!
As you might know, your PC needn’t to be connected to the Internet to access files that you have previously saved in the SkyDrive folder, as a local copy of the document is always available for offline access.
Note that changing default location under Word Options will not alter the default location of PowerPoint and Excel applications. You need to open Excel and PowerPoint programs one-by-one and then follow step 2, step 3, and step 4 to change the default file saving location.