In Lightroom CC, is there an alternate to SAVE TO such as 'SAVE AS' to save back to the source folder?

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Er... if I understood you correctly, the answer's no. The "source folder" is the cloud. Tell us more about what you're trying to achieve? 
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I thought the source folder was the local folder on my hard drive that contained the original jpeg files. In the past using other editing software, I could save the changes with a  SAVE AS option and it would automatically default to the source folder.

Now I have SAVE TO where I can define the destination. And with that I can save to the original source folder but I would have to redefine the SAVE TO destination every time I used a different set of images.

Does Lightroom CC automatically save to the cloud when I edit an image, overriding the pre-edit image. I do not see a simple SAVE option anywhere but perhaps I am missing it.

Thanks.
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I should just clarify you're definitely using the brand new Lightroom CC app? If so...

Lightroom does keep a local cache of some of the files that you're working on, but it considers the cloud as the main location. If you just drop photos into those folders, they'll get completely ignored. Adding photos to those folders doesn't add them to Lightroom CC or upload them to the main LRCC cloud, so it's a bad idea.

For now, if you want to use a non-Photoshop external editor, you're best to save a copy of the photos to a temporary folder (such as one on the desktop), edit the files in your external editor and save them back to that location - and then add the photos from that folder into Lightroom CC.

Lightroom CC stores edits done in LRCC as metadata, so the metadata gets send to the cloud but the original remains untouched. If you edit a photo in Photoshop, a copy is created for use in Photoshop, and then that edited copy is uploaded to the cloud.

Other than Photoshop, working with external editors is not fully developed at the moment. You might like to add an "idea" thread with what you'd like a new workflow to accomplish.
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Peter, you may know this already but just in case - Lightroom is a non destructive editor.  This means your original file always stays exactly the same. Your edits to it are stored automatically in your Lightroom catalog.   You don't ever want to overwrite your original files with edited versions (in CC case your originals are in the cloud anyway).
The save option is for exporting your finished photo out of Lightroom - e.g. to email, for web use, etc. 
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Thanks. The concept is alien tome and I will eventually get used to  is. I have to make sure I am backing up the lightroom catalog which I assume is on a local drive, along with my original source files. I have tried now a few edits in Photoshop and those I see can be saved locally.

Beiong a "senior citiizen" changes come slowly to me. :-))

Thanks for your guidance,