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Office 365 AutoSave to OneDrive - how to choose the folder location where a new document is stored?

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In any Office 365 application, such as Word, Excel or PowerPoint, the titlebar shows an "AutoSave" button. Upon turning this function on, a dialog pops up where you choose which OneDrive to save the document to, and where you enter a name for the file. See screenshots below.

 

However, this dialog does not allow choosing in which folder on the OneDrive you want to save the document. All files get saved automatically in the "OneDrive/Documents" default folder.

 

Is there a way to change the behavior of Office apps, so that the user can select in which folder on the OneDrive the file will be stored in by AutoSave?

 

 

screenshot-001.jpgClick AutoSave buttonscreenshot-002.jpgSelect OneDrive

screenshot-003.jpgSelection of folder on OneDrive not possible.

 

 

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Hi!
AFAIK no! There is no settings in the office settings pane except enabling the auto save to onedrive! It is saved to the root of the onedrive only!
I’m not aware of any registry settings etc for this!

I’d suggest creating a request on onedrive uservoice:

https://onedrive.uservoice.com/
What about saving the file in the location you want and them enable the Autosave?
Also move it in your Onedrive from the root folder :)
But it would be nice to have the option to browse since it does have this functionality to choose to save it to onedrive when autosave is turned on anyway

@Juan Carlos González Martín Yes, this obviously works indeed. My request here is specifically to allow selecting a folder, for any new document which has not been saved yet, when clicking the AutoSave button.

Why are you clicking AutoSave for a document that has not been saved yet. Just save it where you want it to go and as long as its OneDrive or SharePoint Online it will turn on AutoSave for you
I fully understand using "Save as" is an option as well.

However, since clicking the AutoSave button for a document which has not been saved yet exhibits the behavior I described, I feel it has merit to suggest logical improvements to that behavior.

Moreover, I would really use it the way I am suggesting, and am aware that many other users would too (based on anecdotal evidence).

@Paul_Van_Cotthem 

 

I have the same problem. At the moment I have about 100 documents all in root of OneDrive. That is "bull**bleep**", sorry! :(

Just out of interest - when you saved any one of these 100 documents and clicked the Save To OneDrive option - where did you think they would be saved to given that it does not ask for a folder or default location?

@Brian Reid 

Word should ask to which folder in OneDrive I wanted to save the document in. If there exists none I should be asked to create new one.

@Brian Reid There should be an option for selecting the folder during AutoSave as this improves functionality not, diminish it. It's a general habit to work on a doc before one has decided to name it.

@Paul_Van_CotthemAlthough you can't change the default folder for OneDrive in Office AutoSave there is a way to change the OneDrive folder WITHIN Word/Excel/Powerpoint itself but only AFTER you have saved it by any name.

 

To do this first AutoSave your file to OneDrive:

 

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Once saved, click the Menu option for Version history on the same bar as AutoSave in Word:

 

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Then click the >Location drop down - This tab also shows the OneDrive folder where your file has been saved by default and then in the next window you can move it wherever you want:

 

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It's really typical and frustrating that Microsoft doesn't provide an option for something as basic as selecting a DEFAULT folder for AutoSave!! 

 

 

 

Dear All

 

As this discussion thread talks about "Auto Save" feature of Office 365, I just want to understand whether this Auto Save feature has any connection to the OneDrive Sync GPO "Coauthor and share in Office desktop apps".

 

We have disabled this OneDrive sync client GPO due to slowness of opening the documents from sync location, this Auto Save feature is greyed out by default. When we enabled this GPO, the Auto Save feature is enabled. 

 

But, the weird thing is that after we disabled again the GPO, the Auto Save feature is disabled (not greyed out) by default and option to enabled in the individual documents.

 

Can someone faced this issue or really this GPO affect the Auto Save functionality. Need your experts advice here.

 

Thanks

Chandrasekaran C N

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