Restore pinned folders in Save options in all Office products
Before the most recent branch 16.0.6568.2025 we had the ability to pin frequently used folders we saved document in, in all parts of Office. Since this new version it takes more steps to save files in the places we want them. Many people are upset by this change. Please bring back this ability to pin directories. See othger feedback below.
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Since the most recent update of my Office 365 products, I have lost the function, when saving documents, where folders that I recently saved in would be listed, and then I could open that folder and save my newest document there. Instead, I now have to go into a long search of my Documents folder and the various subfolders to find the correct folder. I work all day in Word and Excel, and this is really important lost convenience. For example, I may run a series of 10 or more compare documents, and need to save them all in the same place - so this function saved me real time, and was extremely convenient.
In the Open function in Word, there is a Recent option, which lists various documents that I have recently worked on, in chronological order. A similar function used to be present in the Save As, with the folders I had recently worked in. Now, though, there is no Recent option, just OneDrive, This PC, Add a Place and Browse.
Please return this function.
Why this was removed I will never know. What a stupid move. One that frustrates the user. It is the move unfriendly change I have seen in a long time.
Instead of being able to one-click save to the folder/s I am working with I have to go through several steps to get the folders.
Doreen Spillman commented
My general comment about Office 365 is that it effectively reduces our choices. Here is where we want you to save files . . . so dig down through your endless layers if you want anything different! Templates and Clipart that previously came with the installation of the program are absent (i.e. 1995) Sure this gives you an ever-changing selection to choose from . . . BUT (a) What about when you do not have Internet access?; (b) What about when you have a favourite you use? . . . .now you have to scroll through a lot of poor quality garbage to find what you are looking for. Clipart images from much earlier versions of Office programs may not have been in colour but they were better looking that many of the current ones that have colour added . . . .but off-set . . .. whatever happened to learning to colour within the lines folks?! Don't get me started on the dumbing-down of WordART with all your pre-set options! Withdrawal of the "Auto-summarise" function in Word was first 'hidden' when the 'ribbon' was introduced, then eliminated in the next version. You blithely decided that it wasn't necessary to be able to scan an image directly into a document with the introduction of the 'ribbon' too. It doesn't appear that 365 has addressed the dumbing-down of the "Advanced Printer Options" that was introduced in Office 2013 either. Thin ice Microsoft . . . . . When a product no longer does what you need it to do - because some 'boffin' has decided we don't need that option - then you are forcing us to go elsewhere. Office - is supposedly for Office situations, therefore this dumbing-down and loss of functionality is self-defeating! Please STOP . . .and listen to your faithful users.
Doreen Spillman commented
I just have to say that the perception that user's preference is to save something straight to the 'cloud' is blinkered. I live in a developed country but the Internet is slow and not always reliable . . not to mention the expense and fear factors that keep others "off the net" . . . Therefore the thumbdrive (or flashdrive) is the preferred fall-back option, with backing-up to the 'cloud' at the end of the day/session. (Useful functions have already gone by the wayside in the dumbing-down of the Microsoft Suite of programs. Can we not add features without having to subtract an existing feature?
Doug Robbins - Word MVP commented
Microsoft are hell bent on dumbing down the Windows version of Office so that it aligns with the "cripple-ware" implementation on iOS and Android devices.
Simon Bisson commented
The loss of the "Recently used" folder option is particularly galling - the new screen makes it a lot harder to work with common sets of sub-folders. I'm a freelance writer, and have a folder for current commissions, with sub-folders for the publications I am working for at present. I used to be able to quickly go to the folder for each publication. Now I have to go to the commissions folder and drill down several levels to get to the folder I want.
Mary Branscombe commented
I dislike this so much I won't update Office to block it
Yes, this is deliberate
Folder browse capability in File > Save As: Use full folder navigation in File > Save As in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for OneDrive folders, OneDrive for Business folders, and This PC.
Ron MVP commented
quit "upgrading" the UI to make it compatible with 5" smartphones. I have a 42" 4k monitor. I have lots of screen space.
If you are going to make PC unfriendly design changes please either add code to recognize the environment, so on a PC we keep the old feature, on a smartphone you can make your changes.
Just give us the option of picking how we want to work. The same way we have in the past or in your "new & Improved" (sarcasm!) UI.
Bob Pendleton commented
I work with files on drives other than C: When I previously did a save in MS Word, it listed my most recently used folders. Now I must click and click to save my files. This is no improvement!
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