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When I configure Office 2010 with Custom Installation Wizard and set the default file location for PowerPoint, it doesn't use the setting. It uses the default location of c:\users... It does use the setting for the rest of the apps, Excel, Word and Access. When I upgrade an Office 2003 machine and tell it to migrate user settings, it uses the migrated setting for PowerPoint.


I'm assuming this is a bug. Is there a patch for this issue, I haven't been able to locate one. If not how does it generate the default file location when a user starts PowerPoint for the first time. I can't find a corresponding key under default user profile, my thinking was to modify the registry entry for PowerPoint default file location with a reg file after the installation is completed.

I realize I could probably change this with a GPO but I don't want to force users to a particular folder, just set a default and allow them to modify is they want too.
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by:Taha_sk
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when you select the custom folder to change the location of the office installation it will only place specific program file in that location and still few files will be in application data folder.

In c:/Users folder you only have the document, desktop, pictures..... folder. installation files are put there.

And for saving files in a default folder you can set the path here and users can change if they want to
Files > Options > Save > Default File location

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In c:/Users folder you only have the document, desktop, pictures..... folder. installation files are NOT put there.
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When I say Default File Location I mean what folder the application checks when the user opens a file, not the default installation folder. This can be found in the Microsoft Office Customization Tool under "PowerPoint 2010", "PowerPoint Options" "Save". Manually setting this under Files, Options defeats the purpose of a scripted install. The setting works for Word, Excel and Access, not for PowerPoint.

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    "This can be found in the Microsoft Office Customization Tool under "PowerPoint 2010", "PowerPoint Options" "Save". Manually setting this under Files, Options defeats the purpose of a scripted install. The setting works for Word, Excel and Access, not for PowerPoint."
--- You are correct, but you must set a default location.  This should over-ride what was set in their previous Office preference.  You need to uncheck 'migrate user settings'.  Good Luck.
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In order to tell Powerpoint 2010 where to save files, you can create (or edit) the following registry key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\PowerPoint\RecentFolderList
A key named "Default"  is created with the default save location file path.  Powerpoint stores the key in REG_EXPAND_SZ format which is a hex format, but you can use a REG_SZ (ascii string formatted) value there too.  This registry key will NOT exist unless you run Powerpoint and change the default save path manually at least once.  It's not created when Powerpoint is installed.  

Attached is a sample registry file that will change the default Powerpoint 2010 "save to" path.


Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\PowerPoint\RecentFolderList]
"Default"="D:\\MyDocs\\Office\\Pwrpnt"

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