Set the default working folder

You can change the default working folder for all your Microsoft Office programs by renaming the My Documents folder, moving the folder to a new location, or both.

 Note   In versions prior to Microsoft Windows 2000, the My Documents folder was located in the root directory (root folder: The folder on a drive from which all other folders branch. The root folder's name consists of a single backslash character (\). For example, on drive C, this folder would be represented in the file system as C:\.). In Windows XP and Windows 2000, My Documents is a desktop folder and is represented by an icon of a folder with a sheet of paper in it. To move your My Documents folder off of the desktop, look in Windows XP or Windows 2000 Help for additional information.

ShowChange the default working folder for Office

  1. Save and close all files, and then quit any programs that you have running.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • To rename the My Documents folder, right-click the My Documents folder in My Computer, and then click Rename on the shortcut menu. Type the new name for the folder, and then press ENTER.
    • To move the My Documents folder, drag the My Documents folder to a new location in the My Computer folder.

ShowChange the default working folder for Microsoft Access only

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the General tab.
  2. In the Default database folder box, type the path for the folder you want to display as the default working folder.

For example, type c:\work.

Applies to:
Access 2003