Disable the new AutoSave by default, as it can lead to a loss of data
The new AutoSave can potentially lead to a loss of data. If you open any Word, PowerPoint, etc. doc, there is an "AutoSave" that is automatically on, on the upper left. If you're changing some stuff around and don't want to save, it still saves it. Or if you delete some things and then save as copy, your original is gone, because AutoSave was on. This is a horrible feature and should be disabled by default.
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We see two patterns in this feedback thread and are addressing them now. The first pattern is that users want AutoSave OFF. The second pattern is that the Template scenarios are problematic with AutoSave.
To address turning AutoSave OFF, we have implemented these capabilities:
1. To avoid accidental edits by others, the owner of a file can set it to Always Open Read-Only. This can be done by setting the file to open in Read-Only Recommended (File > Info > Protect Document/ Workbook/ Presentation > Always Open in Read-Only) or by Sharing the file without allowing others to edit (File > Share > People with the link can edit > Uncheck the “Allow Editing” box).
2. Users can turn AutoSave OFF for a file. While a document is open, clicking the AutoSave toggle turns AutoSave OFF for the current document for that user. The next time the same user opens the document, AutoSave will be OFF. If they open a different document, AutoSave will not be affected by their choice in the other document.
3. Users can set AutoSave to be OFF by default for all files opened in that specific application (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). Go into File > Options > Save (to set AutoSave settings)
These are described in more detail in this support article: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/what-it-administrators-should-know-about-autosave-88e0f80f-e5ea-441b-9c5a-259f08490ae7
To address the Template scenarios, we have released a new dialog reminding the user to “Save a Copy” prior to using an existing template if you want to save changes only in the new document. This is in the Production and Semi-Annual channel today.
If you have any questions or additional feedback on these features – please email us directly at: OfficeAutoSave@Microsoft.com
I hate this feature. A big fu to Microsoft. Give us the ability to turn this off across our entire Office Platform.
I absolutely agree. It is a rotten function that never should have been implemented. Which Microsoft fool came up with the idea? now we can never work spontaneously in an existing document, because data will get lost. While previously you could later decide if you wanted to save the changes or not (a conscious act). And than the way to disable it... in the registry. (head shaking!)
The whole notion of "Saving" a document is absurd, and like the deeply superior Google Docs, all documents should be Auto-saved at all times. Countless times I have done a healthy amount of work, and, like Windows frequently does, the computer/program crashes... and boom, the work I did is not saved.
There shouldn't even be the option to "Save". If you want multiple versions or to save a 'template' then just save a copy. Google Docs > Word
totally agree, it's really annoying, get rid of it. Even if you switch it off, it switches itself back on when you reopen a document. I have been unable to find anywhere in the "Options" to switch it off permanently.
worst idea ever. I use to find and identify the files with modified date. now that becomes useless. Thinking of going back to pirated copy of older version
Mr. Bump commented
Who do we contact about this? I need autosave defaulted to "off"...can someone at MS just make an update that changes this? How do we know we are being heard?
Heather Wilfong commented
This is a horrible feature. We reuse documents a lot and save as new documents. This feature has created documents being saved over and having to go back and restore prior versions. While it can be turned off per each document, it needs to have an option to change the default for all documents
This is a terrible feature as long as it cannot be turned off by default. As the feature can be turned off for each document, there is certainly not a technical reason for Microsoft's unfortunate choice. This will liekly be the reason why I move all my documents from Onedrive to Google drive. So sad!
Steve Hudson commented
Auto Save is not welcome and has already led to confusion over lost data.
Microsoft, you should have thought this through.
I hope you listen and amend before somebody's business is seriously damaged.
Mike Fairley commented
Makes no sense for controlled documents. Even opening a document for print will create a new version. Should be OFF by default.
For anyone who likes a registry hack https://support.microsoft.com/en-au/help/4036334/how-to-disable-autosave-in-office-365-proplus.
this is a poor feature, it should be by default set to off.. I've switched it off on a document only to see it switch back on when I saved the doc.. where is the option to disable.. Mac OS.
AutoSave is just terrible...
hate this feature. I have already lost information in word documents with this feature!
Horrible feature; please turn it off, or allow the user to change the default setting.
I just checked this out and these are **** instructions.
It is hard to imagine the stupidity of the developers for this serious down grade. The folks at Microsoft seem more focused on breaking things.
@Anonymous commented · March 16, 2018 6:10 PM
There is no solution (setting) yet, that's why this post have been posted ;)
But you can do this by editing registry: add a DWORD value of 1 of the following registry
Read this for more info:
Thank you so much for the help! I can't seem to find the actual solution. Would someone please provide the link?
This is a potentially disastrous feature. It has already caused loss of data. How do I turn it off?