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 very much dislike that there is no master turn-off autosave feature. Please provide one. Thank you.
I was just checking (again) today to see if this has been fixed. Alas, it has not been fixed. I completely resonate with this: "The date stamp on files that I simply open to view and not edit is rewritten with the current date. Sorting by date is now useless."
Wayne H Langley commented
What a terrible idea this was. What was Microsoft thinking? I would expect that folks at Microsoft would also be users of the software, and realize how bad this is.
This is a good feature but the user should also be able to open documents in Read Only mode as well to allow the user to avoid saving changes unintentionally.
Please allow us, as users, to disable this hugely annoying new autosave feature. It has caused no end of problems
The date stamp on files that I simply open to view and not edit is rewritten with the current date. Sorting by date is now useless.
This feature has caused me to loose data in Excel more than once. Despite the assurance in the pop up window, I could not go back to an earlier copy or recover my previous versions.
This option should be default off.
I've ruined documents not noticing auto-save is on before using "Save as a Copy".
I like autosave on certain occasions, I would suggest adding an option that defines whether autosave is on or off by default, and let user choose.
This is so wrong.
E A Renfrew commented
What about on an iPad? It keeps going back to AutoSave.
Please, please, please change. This is not the way we have become accustomed to working. It can lead to a lot of rework and in some cases unretrievable data...
To have to “Save as” before you edit is immensely cumbersome, where in the past, if you didn’t like your changes, you just didn’t save. Please roll this one back.
Dave Nii commented
This is horrible. Does this mean there isn't a way to turn off this crazy default of the program automatically saving a document without my consent? Microsoft, please listen!!!
Some Microsoft nerd might have thought this is a good idea, but I hate auto safe! Please give us the option to permanently disable this function. We work with your product every day and it's a pain in the ...
I agree. This is a poorly thought out feature and has already led to the loss of data. There should be an option to disable it globally for the enterprise by default/
We are using SharePoint online for storing project documents. Today I've noticed that a bunch of documents in the library I'm syncing with OneDrive got updated, altough I've explicity opened those documents as Read Only (In Windows exolorer, Shift+Left click, and from the drop down menu selected Open as Read-Only). Curiously enough modification date is kept as should be, but Modified by field is updated with my name?!
And even this is frustrating enough, it can be wors as the version of the document has also been changed on the SharePoint, which led to the launch of a new audit cycle by the client ...
This beheviour is just unacceptible!
Adding to my previous comment: a minute ago I was clever enough to switch the monster off, seconds after opening a document. Or I thought so. It gave me a notification that 'we already saved your changes, but you can undo them'. I DID NOT DO ANY #$%^ing THING... This is suboptimal.
It basically equates 'opening a file' with 'changing that file' (yes you can technically not change the file, but many inadvertent keystrokes simply involve changes). I can imagine you prefer that for collaborative stuff, but it is utterly incompatible with the very idea of having an archive, having sensible 'modified' time stamps, and the basic human need of opening a file without changing it. Lord, grant us the day when software developers start asking us how we do our work best, rather than telling us. Or worse, not even telling us, just presuming and implementing.
Autosave is not a suitable function for us. Please give us the option to turn off globally.
Terrible idea having it default on