Windows 10: Autosave documents in Word, Excel, Powerpoint

  1.    02 Apr 2018 #1

    Autosave documents in Word, Excel, Powerpoint


    There is now a "feature" which has lost me documents (or would have had I not had backups).
    As many people do, I sometimes load an old document to act as a template, making suitable amendments and saving it under a new name. The problem is that unless I remember to immediately save this under a new name, this new feature can autosave the new version over the original version. One has to save it under a new name before doing anything else.
    I know I can switch it off for each document but I want it to be off as a default.My research shows that so do many others!
    I did find a registry hack but I couldn't find the key words referred to.
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       02 Apr 2018 #2

    My version (Office 365 Proplus latest) is offering Autosave only for documents on Onedrive, and there you have option to save versions.

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    And check save options..

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    But if Office is acting like this for you, you should send feedback to MS immediately. It's not what I would want to do from my favorite Office suite.


    Good practice would be, to first make a copy of document, and then start to edit it... but we all do like you described…
    Edit: sorry, another edit. There are additional saving options under Advanced. Maybe check "Always save backup" and disable saving in background:
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  3.    05 Apr 2018 #3

    Sigurd said: View Post
    There is now a "feature" which has lost me documents (or would have had I not had backups).
    As many people do, I sometimes load an old document to act as a template, making suitable amendments and saving it under a new name. The problem is that unless I remember to immediately save this under a new name, this new feature can autosave the new version over the original version. One has to save it under a new name before doing anything else.
    I know I can switch it off for each document but I want it to be off as a default.My research shows that so do many others!
    I did find a registry hack but I couldn't find the key words referred to.
    Hi there

    another "get around" is that if you regularly use a document as a template for creating new documents you could make it "Read only" so when you open it you will be immediately prompted to save an editable version under a new name.

    However you should be able to turn auto save off if you need to -- and of course obviously having decent backups helps (as always).

    I usually in any case after I've created a Work type document always make it Read Only unless it's going to a corporate / shared server as part of a teams project documentation library (most of my colleagues will say "Whats documentation" !!!! as is typical I think on a lot of projects these days).

    Word docs aren't so bad but it's much more irritating if you hose up a power point doc / complex spread sheet / visio drawing or a project 2016 type doc with a lot of CPA (critical path stuff) on it. !!!

    sometimes autosave can be a real pain if after an update settings get reset.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  4.    05 Apr 2018 #4

    But why should I have to do any one of these work arounds? I can see the (minimal) advantage of having the autosave, but why give the option to switch it on or off only for the document being worked on? There should be a master switch as well.

    Word, as possibly every other program around, prompts you to save your document before closing it, Life's not so short that we need to save ourselves a couple of mouse clicks!
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  5.    05 Apr 2018 #5

    Hi there

    Try this

    Go into OneDrive settings and under "Office" uncheck "Use Office 2016 to sync Office files that I open".

    You should now see in open documents in any Office Programs, the "AutoSave" is Off and grayed out.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  6.    05 Apr 2018 #6

    Tried it - no joy I'm afraid.
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