If you move between computers a lot, such as from a work computer to a home computer, then you may rely on a USB flash drive to store documents or files that you work on regularly. But if you are working in Microsoft Word 2010, the default save location is going to be your Documents folder, which will require you to make a couple of clicks to get to your flash drive whenever you want to save a file to that location. Fortunately you can change the default save location in Word 2010 to your flash drive and save yourself some time.
Save to a USB Flash Drive in Word 2010
Note that Word 2010 will automatically adjust your save location to your Documents folder if you attempt to save a file without inserting the USB flash drive before clicking the Save button. This is good to know if you save a file without connecting your USB flash drive and are having difficulty locating it.
This tutorial will assume that your USB flash drive is already plugged into a USB flash drive on your computer.
Step 1: Launch Microsoft Word 2010.
Step 2: Click the File tab at the top left-corner of the window.
Step 3: Click Options in the column at the left side of the window, which opens the Word Options window.
Step 4: Click the Save option in the column at the left side of the Word Options window.
Step 5: Click the Browse button to the right of Default file location.
Step 6: Select your USB flash drive from the column at the left side of the window, then click the OK button. If there is a specific folder on your USB flash drive to which you want your files saves, you will select that here as well.
Step 7: Click the OK button at the bottom of the window to apply your changes and close the Word Options window.
If you are running out of room on your USB flash drive, consider purchasing a 32 GB or 64 GB option. Additionally, there are USB external drive that are very affordable, and can offer terabytes of space.
Learn how to save as a .doc file by default in Word 2010 as opposed to .docx if you need to share files with people using older versions of Microsoft Word.
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