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If I want to open or save a file using a program in Windows Vista or higher, the location which is opened by default usually¹ is the "Documents" library. How can I change this default location system-wide?

¹ Most applications behave like this when opening/saving a file for the first time.

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There are a few ways to change this as seen here:


Also note that application also have the power to open up the save dialog to a custom folder. Many just let the OS handle it, though.

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Although that's nice to know, I would like to set a specific folder like %UserProfile% instead of the Documents library to open by default. I am aware that some applications handle the initial directory themselves. But for those who don't, is that possible? –  purefanatic Aug 12 '13 at 19:15
According to raymond.cc (raymond.cc/blog/…) it cannot be changed: "I did a little research and found out that it can’t be changed." However, he has a tip to at least add a new folder to the quick save locations dialog. –  th3dude Aug 14 '13 at 14:22
That's too bad. So I guess the best approach for me is just to use the favourites to get a faster access. Thank you very much! –  purefanatic Aug 16 '13 at 20:52

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