The Microsoft Word Startup folder retains all the data files, add-ins, themes or templates, etc. When you start the MS Words document, it fetches all the data from the respective Startup folder. By default, when you install MS Office on your PC, it sets the default location of the Startup folder as “C:\Users\user-name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Word\STARTUP.” However, Word allows you to change the Startup folder location according to your needs.
In this gearupwindows article, we will guide you on changing or modifying the Startup folder of MS Word in Windows 11 or 10. There are at least three methods to get this job done. You can use the built-in settings panel, Local Group Policy Editor, and Registry Editor. We will review all these methods one by one.
How to Change or Modify MS Word Startup folder using built-in Settings Panel?
To change or modify the Startup folder of Microsoft Word, use the following steps:-
Step 1. First, open a Microsoft Word document on your computer and then click the
Step 2. After that, click the
Step 3. When you’re done, the Word Options window will open. Switch to the
Step 4. Here, scroll down to find the General section and click the
Step 5. On the pop-up “File Locations” window, select the
Step 6. In the File Explorer window that opens, select a folder you want to use as Word Startup and click the
Step 7. Click
Step 8. Click
That’s all! Now you have successfully changed the Word Startup path. However, you may need to move the data manually.
How to Change or Set the Startup folder of Word using Group Policy?
If you prefer to use Group Policy to apply the changes in the Startup folder of Word, you’ll first need to install the Office’s Group Policy template on your computer. After that, you can use this method.
Step 1. Open Local Group Policy Editor on your computer.
Step 2. When Local Group Policy Editor opens on your PC, navigate to the following path in the left sidebar:-
User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Microsoft Word 2016 > Word Options > Advanced > File Locations
Step 3. On the opposite side of the “File Locations” folder, double-click on the
Step 4. Select
Step 5. Then, enter the new startup folder path in the empty box beside the “Startup” option.
Step 6. Click the
Step 7. Finally, hit the
Once you complete the above steps, open a new MS Word document to see the changes.
How to Change the Word Startup folder using Windows Registry?
To change the Word Startup folder using Registry, do the following changes in your computer:-
Step 1. Open Registry Editor.
Step 2. Then, navigate to the following path in the left sidebar of Registry Editor:-
Step 3. Now, right-click on the
Step 4. Name the newly created key as
Step 5. After that, right-click on the
Step 6. Again, right-click the
Step 7. Now, right-click the
Step 8. Next, right-click on the free space on the opposite side of the
Step 9. Now, double-click on
Step 10. Then, click the
Step 11. Finally, reboot your computer to apply the changes.