Make default save directory the same as the last save
In the past, when I was working on several documents on the same issue, Word made it fairly easy to save multiple documents in the same place. It wasn't as easy as nearly all non-Microsoft products because, of course, Microsoft is determined to make everything as difficult as possible, but it was acceptable. Now, in the latest mal-iteration of Word 2016 (and I presume all the other Office products), I am always, every time, without fail prompted to provide a document name and extension in the Documents folder on OneDrive. Like many power users,
• I do not ever, for any reason, under any circumstances save any file of any sort, in its original instance to OneDrive. First of all, OneDrive is still an extremely buggy product that has difficulties of all sorts saving anything, especially if the path was created during the wrong phase of the moon, or when one is looking at it crossways, or when the old lady next door sneezes. Never save anything important to OneDrive. It's not reliable. Enough said.
• So, then, the first drill down. Now, I tell Office, no, not OneDrive. Go to my PC. Then it is determined to save it to the Documents folder on my PC. Like most users, I have a symlink set up to the Documents folder to satisfy Microsoft's idiotic needs, but I haven't saved any user documents to the drive that has the OS installed on it for well over a decade. Since Windows has be reinstalled with some frequency just to keep it going, why on earth would anyone ever do anything so stupid? Yes, I know, Microsoft would, but I'm not that stupid.
• So now, I have to go drilling down to the folder that I was just in for the immediately preceding document, which is likely still open in Word. And I must do just that, every single time. Why? Why? Why? Why? Why?
Even as clunky as Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator are, they know that I am most likely to save to my last used folder and offer it to me. They at least have some sensitivity to issues of productivity, levels of frustration, flexibility of workflow.
Is there any way to make Microsoft Office at least a little bit more productive in this regard? I do realize that would probably take a third party add-on since Microsoft is so thoroughly wed to productivity-killing, but I'd gladly pay for such an add-on. Can anyone tell me where to find one?
Quentin André commented
This new "feature" is actually so infuriating that I am in the process of switching to Linux. Stop pushing your products down people's throat Microsoft.
Thank you! I find this "updated" method to be time-consuming and quite frankly, annoying, compared to the old way of doing it, which had a list of current folder, recent folders, last week folders, etc. I work extensively in Word and have to save one doc to multiple folders, and so I much prefer the previous system with easily accessible options.
I'm not disagreeing with your suggestion at all, but until the problem gets fixed, I thought this tip might be helpful to you. At least in my office set up of Word 10 and Windows 7, I can avoid messing around with all of the folder browsing by pasting the full path in the box for the filename, e.g. "F:\Admin\MyDocument.docx". If you do that, the system will ignore the directory being shown in the dialog box and use the one you put in the file name instead.