Office 365 to Use OneDrive as Default Save Location Going Forward

Posted on January 26, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Office 365 with 31 Comments

Microsoft announced this week that its core Office 365 applications will use OneDrive as your default Save location, starting with a set of February updates.

“To protect against device loss or damage and to provide anywhere access to files, we recommend storing them in Office 365,” an Office Apps Team post to the Office 365 Blog explains. “We are announcing a new capability that makes it easier for you to create and save your Word, Excel, or PowerPoint document directly to the cloud.”

Now, when you save an Office document—using CTRL + S (or the Mac equivalent) or the Save button—a new dialog will appear that defaults to OneDrive, or, for Office 365 Commercial customers, SharePoint Online.

After that, you’ll be able to change the name of the document directly from the app’s title bar, just as you can do today in the Office Online web app versions of these apps. You can also change its location within OneDrive from here.

“These features, along with OneDrive Files On-Demand for Mac, are part of our investments in making it easier for you to get your files into the cloud,” the team says. “By saving to the cloud, you will be able to securely access your most important documents from any device and start collaborating with others from the get go.”

I assume this change won’t impact those who use other save locations. And I’m curious what the target of the “More save options” link looks like. But we should be able to test these changes via Office Insider presumably as well.

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