Make Microsoft Word remember your last used folder for pictures

What an annoyance! If you insert pictures in your Word documents you may suffer from this. Word always opens the default folder of your images as is defined in its advanced options (file locations > images). If you happen to work at the time using a different folder you need always to browse and find an image.

Word doesn’t offer an option such as “remember last used directory”, etc., however it is possible to make it remember your last used directory, if you just remove the default option from Word’s file locations. Unfortunately you cannot do that from inside Word’s options, you need to use the registry editor.

Open the Start menu and type “regedit” without the quotes. In the editor go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Word\Options

At the right pane select the key PICTURE-PATH, right click on it and delete it. You don’t even need to restart Word. Next time you insert an image from a folder, Word starts remembering this folder.