Sometimes, seemingly at random, when I go to save a Word document I'm working on, the "Save As" defaults to "User Templates" instead of "Docs". Sometimes I don't notice its done that and I just hit "Save". Now I can't find those docs.

I found them once a while ago, but I don't recall how, and I need some of those docs for clients. How do I locate them?

  • Under the file menu you can open recent files, open one of those and then make a small change and do a save as it should show you where in the Save File dialog box. Apr 18, 2019 at 18:12

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I believe Microsoft Word stores these preferences in this file: ~/Library/Preferences/com.microsoft.Word.plist. You could use the plutil to view the contents or a text viewer CLI tool such as cat, more or less. .plist files are merely a variant of XML files.

$ plutil -p ~/Library/Preferences/com.microsoft.Word.plist

I'd look in this file for something related to "default" and "save".


If you prefer doing this through the GUI the official Microsoft Office docs show where you'd do this in this doc titled: Save a file in Office for Mac .


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