Change Default File Name And Save To Location When I Use The Microsoft Print To Pdf Printer

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    When I use the Microsoft print to pdf printer in Win 10, it gives the file a name and saves it to My Documents. How do I change the save to location to my desktop? Can I name the file myself rather than accept the name win 10 thinks it should be?
     
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    I just gave it a try as I never use that option at all.
    Yes, I can name it and I can decide the save to location.
    File name .................ms print to pdf.
    Location ................... Documents Folder

    See screenshot below. Is that what you want ?

    ms print to pdf saved at documents.jpg
     
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    MS print to pdf saved to desktop...............................

    ms print to pdf saved to desktop.jpg
     
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    [QUOTE: How do I change the default save to location to my desktop? Can I name the file myself rather than accept the name Win 10 thinks it should be?[/QUOTE]

    Maybe I didn't explain my problem very well.

    When I do a Print to PDF, I don't get an option as to where I want to save the file to nor an option to rename the file. Win 10 automatically puts it in My Documents and gives it a screwy name. I can go to My Docs, find the file, drag it to where I want it and rename it there, but that's a pain.

    There must be a way to change the default save to location and file name, but I have not been able to find where to change the default.
     
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    I understood what you were saying.
    My reply was to show you in my computer I could do what you said you could not.
    Sorry I have caused the confusion.
     
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    When I use the print function from within application in Windows 10 and select Microsoft print to PDF function as my printer, I am always prompted with a "Save Print Output As" dialog box.
    From which I can always choose where to save and the name I wish to give to the particular item, as seen below

    SavePrintOutputAs.JPG

    I don't believe there is a method to set any particular location as "default" for this function.
    Windows has a habit of either defaulting to the container in which the item is presently located or the last saved location.
    As to why
    I have no idea.
    A couple things you can try as an experiment to determine if there is some third party process that is impacting this feature.......
    Boot into Safe Mode
    https://www.windows10forums.com/articles/safe-mode.3/ option #4 when you arrive at the appropriate screen.
    See if provides any relief.
    If so then you may need to investigate further by performing a Clean Boot
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/929135
    To see if you can zero in on the offending program, process or service.
    AND
    Lastly.... create a new local user as a member of the local administrator's group (not a standard user)
    Log of and back on as this new user and see if the problem is unique to your particular profile.
     
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    You're right, when I print from an application like word or excel I do get the save print as option box. It's when I try printing from the internet, like a credit card statement or if I try printing this "Threads" page, I do not get that option. The only choice is "Print" or "Cancel". and when I chose print, Win 10 gives the file a name and saves it to My Docs.
     
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    Which browser are you using.
    I just tested using IE and I have the same options I have and noted above as within other applications, when I use the file -> print from the menu bar.
    Test using IE and see if the problem persists
    C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
     
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    Thanks, that works like it should. I HAD been using ms Edge.
     
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    Don't feel bad. The new Microsoft Edge browser is confounding to a lot of folk, including me.
    I think that at some time in the future it will truly be an excellent browser, but for now, I'll stick with IE, Firefox, Chrome, etc.,
     
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