Overview

Microsoft Office defaults to trying to save to OneDrive instead of the local computer or a network share, if you would like to change this behaviour read below.

Manual Method

  • Open Microsoft Word and go to File => Options
  • Select the Save tab on the left
  • Tick “Save to Computer by default”

Microsoft Office setting the default save location to "This PC" instead of OneDrive

Group Policy Method

For whatever reason Microsoft did not include this setting in the MS Office ADMX templates so instead we have to use a Registry Preference policy.

  • Open the Group Policy Management tool and either create a new policy or edit and exiting one.
  • Expand User Configuration => Preferences => Windows Settings => Registry
  • Right-click in the area on the right and select New => Registry Item
  • Set the action as Update
  • Leave the Hive as HKEY_CURRENT_USER
  • Set to Key Path to Software\Policies\Microsoft\Office\16.0\common\general for Office 2016, or Software\Policies\Microsoft\Office\15.0\common\general for Office 2013
  • Set the Value name to PreferCloudSaveLocations
  • Set the Value type t0 REG_DWORD
  • Set the Base to Hex
  • Set the Value data to 00000000
  • Click OK
  • Run a GPUpdate or wait for the policy to refresh.

Microsoft Office setting the default save location to "This PC" instead of OneDriveMicrosoft Office setting the default save location to "This PC" instead of OneDrive