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 am generally not one who wants to see people lose their jobs, but anyone at Microsoft who had a hand in setting AutoSave to default should be standing in an unemployment line right now.
Scott Gray commented
This is another way of many that the user is losing control over their own machine. With Autosave in Microsoft Word, their partner product (One Drive) shows more worth (falsely) because it looks like people are using it a lot when in reality the product is using us. The internet data is being used every time it saves, the computer's performance and battery life is being used as well. The user would like control over their own machine.
Here's a workflow and use case. We make templates for people to open, make changes and save as a new file. Now, if one person forgets to turn off that feature, everyone can see their work. If that person happens to be in HR and my office now knows personal information about each other, I have a lawsuit on my hands. I don't like lawsuits that I can trace back to an innocent mistake by someone who's core competency is not supposed to be using your software and a 'feature' that they never wanted or asked for that Microsoft's engineers decided I need.
Can you do me a favor and just dd the option to disable by default so I don't get sued repeatedly for someone elses mistakes? And please don't give me some scripted quippy response that's more frustrating than the original problem.
I could not agree more - I have nearly lost vital financial data due to this. Happily, I was able to recover most of it from backups.
Please, please, please allow for the default to be set to OFF.
Carl Willis-Ford commented
I loathe the autosave...if I make a change that I don't want to keep, sorry...it is saved anyway. Give your users the ability to control how they use your application! Mind boggling that you built it this way.
Alex Nangle commented
Terrible feature, particularly because you can't shut it off normally.
I don't edit the registry often -- I'm just a user -- so I found the Powershell code in the link below helpful for implementing Microsoft's registry solution.
Totally kills the feature. You get a grayed out box that won't come back on.
Our office hates this feature and needs a disable feature immediately. A law firm MUST be able to trace ALL iterations of files. Do you realize the issues this is causing us? Why would you implement something without having a disable for it or I don't know ASKING customers if they even want it.
I have a list of features and fixes I actually want or need that you seem to overlook.
hate it hate it hate it, cancelling my subscription now!
Michael Jenner commented
dam this feature, it has no benefit. how the **** do you disable it.
I have lost also data. Who has requested this functionality? A normal user is opening a file and view it. If you do not take care changes will be done in the background. Last modify date will be changed. even there was not change done.
I have create a registry file to diable it on every client. But also this is not that easy because can not be done on appplication level. Therefore every user must execute the registry file.
THIS FUNCTION SHOULD BE DISABLED BY DEFAULT. If somebody want it it should be selectable in optioins.
I am realy wondering why it was not introduced with an option which can be activated and deactivated.
Maybe Office team wanted to leverage the business case of the storage team, because every save will end up in new version.
This has cost me so much lost copy. I hate this feature. What's the value of a feature you hafe to turn off every time you create a new file?I just want auto-recovery if the program crashes. HELP!
Wow bad idea here... many use-cases for non-autosave files. What are you doing?
This is a disaster. Our Excel files are just templates not made to be saved. How to we turn this off. Always causing our templates to have to be restored. People should just learn to save files!
When I work an estimate up with customers sitting beside me we try hundreds of variations on one document and save as different files. Microsoft recommends saving copies but this would add hours to an already long process with these customers right by my side. This feature has literally destroyed our whole process of estimates. I've lost so much very important work because I didn't even know that this feature was in place! PLEASE OFFER AN OPTION TO DISABLE THIS TOTALLY.
I cannot say how much I hate this feature. Why on earth anyone at Microsoft thought this was a good idea is way beyond me. Apparently they don't talk to users before implementing huge changes like this.
Another downside: Before you can slide the AutoSave icon to "Off", it saves so that the file date is now useless to you. Whoopee! Haven't found a registry fix yet for Office 365 (Version 1708 Build8431.2107).
Thank you Microsoft for loosing all my work because of your stupid faucking Autosave - you are morons!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Brian Smith commented
Argh! Turn if off!
Larry Lee commented
Are there no walk around for the time being, like changing parameters in registry or in any other way makes it possible to be turned off by default?