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Is there a way to have save as and export save to the location the file is from?


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This is something that’s driving me crazy. I have no clue, how Publisher determines the location to save a file. Rather than saving to the same location from which the file was opened, it saves to some previously used location. Even have to go hunting for files. Is there a way to change this? I looked in preferences but I can’t find anything. 

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No, there's no Preference for that, but it's been requested a number of times.

For example:

 

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Yes, it would be nice if the app offered the document opening and most recent export paths as options (I'd prefer listing them in context of exporting rather than as an either/or option in the Prefeerences).

In lack of anything better, on Windows you can copy the document save path on Clipboard by choosing File > Save As and then copying the path on top of the dialog box. Then when exporting, paste the copied path on top of the Export dialog box to change the target path:

On macOS, you should see the most recently accessed folders listed in the drop-down control that you can access when exporting a file, but as the list is system-wide, I am not sure if this works adequately well in app-wise context:

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EDIT: As for initial "saving as" places, I think that the system (both Windows and macOS) provides tools for easily accessing the standard and most recently/frequently used saving locations (the apps seem to default to most recently used location).

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And to complete @Lagarto' s post, beside the "Most recents locations" list, on Win10, you can use Ctrl+L to go directly in the adress/URL field and copy the path (in navigators and explorer). It's handy, especially when the explorer displays the folders tree with default location as "Desktop".

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I also have my frequent save folders pinned to the quick access in File Explorer, Right click pin to quick access

 

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