Windows 10: Autosave documents in Word, Excel, Powerpoint

Discus and support Autosave documents in Word, Excel, Powerpoint in Microsoft Office and 365 to solve the problem; 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... Discussion in 'Microsoft Office and 365' started by Sigurd, Apr 1, 2018.

  1. Sigurd Win User

    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.

    :)
     
    Sigurd, Apr 1, 2018
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  2. amblors Win User
    amblors, Apr 1, 2018
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  3. LCRT Win User
    Rolling back to 8.1

    Of course you can create documents in word excel and powerpoint for free. You are wrong.
     
    LCRT, Apr 1, 2018
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  4. AndreTen Win User

    Autosave documents in Word, Excel, Powerpoint

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


    Autosave documents in Word, Excel, Powerpoint [​IMG]


    And check save options..


    Autosave documents in Word, Excel, Powerpoint [​IMG]

    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:

    Autosave documents in Word, Excel, Powerpoint [​IMG]
     
    AndreTen, Apr 1, 2018
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  5. jimbo45 Win User
    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
     
    jimbo45, Apr 4, 2018
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  6. Sigurd Win User
    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!
     
    Sigurd, Apr 4, 2018
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  7. jimbo45 Win User
    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
     
    jimbo45, Apr 4, 2018
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  8. Sigurd Win User

    Autosave documents in Word, Excel, Powerpoint

    Tried it - no joy I'm afraid.
     
    Sigurd, Apr 5, 2018
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