How To Stop Ms Word From Saving To Onedrive

One of the key features of Microsoft Word is its ability to save files automatically to OneDrive, Microsoft’s cloud-based storage service. However, this can also be a source of annoyance for some users who prefer to save their documents locally or use another cloud storage service. Thankfully, altering this setting is straightforward, and this blog post will guide you through the process of disabling automatic save to OneDrive in MS Word.

Disabling AutoSave to OneDrive

This is an easy process that involves only a few steps. Follow the guide below:

  1. Open your Microsoft Word application and click on the File tab in the upper left corner.
  2. Next, click on the Options button from the drop-down menu that appears. This will open the Word Options dialog box.
  3. In the Word Options dialog box, select Save from the left-hand side menu.
  4. You will then see a checkbox labeled “Save to Computer by default” under Save Documents. Check this box.
  5. Click OK to save your changes and close the dialog box.

Your Microsoft Word documents will now be saved to your computer by default, rather than OneDrive.

Alternative Method: Changing the Default Save Location

If you want more control over where your files are saved by default, you can also specify a default save location. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Word Options dialog box again by clicking on File > Options.
  2. Select Save from the left-hand side menu.
  3. Under Save Documents, you’ll see a field labeled “Default local file location”. Click on the Browse button to the right of this field.
  4. Navigate to the folder where you want your Word documents to be saved by default, select it, and then click OK.
  5. Click OK again to close the Word Options dialog box. From now on, your Word documents will be saved to the folder you specified by default.

It’s important to remember that even if you change the default save location, you can still save specific documents to OneDrive or any other location by selecting File > Save As and choosing the desired location.


Microsoft Word’s default setting to save documents to OneDrive can be convenient for many users, but it’s not for everyone. If you prefer to save your files locally or to a different cloud storage service, the steps outlined in this post will help you change your settings accordingly.