How do I make Windows 7 remember the last folder I saved to?

José Alfredo Cobián February 10, 2012

How in the world do you make Windows 7 to remember to open or continue to save to the last folder you saved to? I can’t find a solution to this problem anywhere and it’s driving me crazy. Any suggestions?

  1. Karkala Nayak
    February 15, 2012 at 7:40 am

    You can access the Detailed discussion a similar related question here:: 

  2. huiaemery
    February 13, 2012 at 5:35 am

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    • Tina
      February 13, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Is this related to the above question? If not, please ask a new question, via the respective button in the top right. Thank you!

    February 10, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Hello, if the options provided before are not to your satisfaction, you could try using open source software DropIt:

  4. Anonymous
    February 10, 2012 at 8:49 am
    Change the Default Save Folder for Windows 7 Libraries to Something Else (Like Your Dropbox)

    How To Change The Default File Opening and Saving Location For Microsoft Office

  5. Anonymous
    February 10, 2012 at 8:18 am

    1. Open Windows Explorer, and click on Libraries in the navigation pane.

    2. Right click on the library (ex: Music) that you want to set the default save included folder for, and click on Properties.

    A) Select (hightlight) the included folder that you want to set as the default save to folder, and click on the Set save location button.

    B) Go to step 4.


    3. Open the library (ex: Music) that you want to set the default save included folder for.

    A) Click on the # Locations toolbar button.

    B) Right click on the included folder that you want to set as the default save to folder, then click on Set as default save location.

    4. Click on OK.

    NOTE: You will notice that the new default save location folder has a check mark next to it.

    5. Close the library window when done.

    NOTE: You will not see this if you did step 2 instead of step 3.

    6. Close the Libraries window when done.

    • Anonymous
      February 10, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      That wasn't the guy's question. He wants to know how to get Windows to remember the last folder used, not how to set the default folder. Anyway, many applications set the default folder themselves, ignoring Windows' setting. This has been a Windows problem since the beginning, IMO.

      • TriskyJen
        August 15, 2012 at 1:40 pm

        I have the same problem (and, okay, my Mac at home does this automatically for me) I keep looking for a setting to do this. It's a huge waste of time! You have to go searching for the right place to save a file every time you download/create. Similarly when I open an email and go to attach a file, my Mac will automatically go to the location of the last file you saved/worked on. A big time saver. I keep looking for these setting for my windows PC at work, I keep searching forums for answers, but no one has answered it yet.

        • Chad G
          August 29, 2012 at 6:44 pm

          I have the same quesiton. Why can't it remember where last I downloaded or uploaded? It's not a complicated thing. Other os's do it all the time and I had a windows load one time that did. The recent ones don't. It's really non intuitive and primitive not to have it. Is this the 1980's. :)


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