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It is an OS thing. It's the last place where you saved or opened an item.
If you open a file occasionally from another folder, when you open the open file dialog box, at the left there is a predefined "desktop location", only one click to go there.
If you use a Mac there is this automatic solution:
yes @Francesco Della Peruta is totally right, this is a operating system, you can not define it to any specific folder for each and evry application. It work this way
you last save or open any file
So when you will save or open the file next time, it will open to the last folder where you last last save or open any file
Isn't the Desktop showing in the Favorites panel of the Open File Dialog?
Actions don’t offer this features… Perhaps a few of lines of script code would do the job, then the script could be run from the action in lieu of the action open step. I spent a couple of hours looking into this without any success (I can’t script, however I thought that it would be a nice simple way to start to learn). Perhaps somebody with scripting knowledge will step in. What OS are you using?
I'm working on a PC, Stephen.
I figured out a solution, not ideal but it works.
I recorded a simple action, and gave it a one-key shortcut,
so all I have to do is press that key and I get back to the default folder.
The action is:
open a file in folder X (the desired default folder)
save it as a .jpg
then close it.
All I have to remember is not to delete the file in the default folder.
In this case, the Desktop, which is a busy place for me... and which I like to keep blank after storing away the day's work away.
The actual problem was that I often open files from Bridge, and Photoshop doesn't seem to remember this.
It only remembers the last file I opened within Photoshop.