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Application.DefaultSaveFormat Property (Word)

Returns or sets the default format that will appear in the Save as type box in the Save As dialog box. Read/write String.

expression .DefaultSaveFormat

expression An expression that represents a Application object.

The string used with this property is the file converter class name. The class names for internal Word formats are listed in the following table.

Word format

File converter class name

Word Document


Document Template


Text Only


Text Only with Line Breaks




MS-DOS Text with Line Breaks


Rich Text Format


Unicode Text


Use the ClassName property of the FileConverter object to determine the class name of an external file converter.

This example sets the Word document format as the default save format.

Application.DefaultSaveFormat = ""

This example returns the current setting that Word uses for saving a document.

Msgbox Application.DefaultSaveFormat
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