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
Adding to the cries to change this preposterous default. Truly an asinine idea. Can't imagine how any human being that actually works in Office could have thought it would be preferable not having the ability to globally invert this setting. Even if there is some way of using the feature that makes it seems like a good idea in the pointy little techie minds of whoever set it, why the *$&% would you force the millions of people already imprisoned in Microsoft Office out of their usual workflow when you could have an easy on/off setting. Baffling. W/ this, can't use OneDrive for day to day work.
This feature should definitely be an "opt in" as it is useful in certain circumstances. However, having it on by default with NO WAY to disable its blanket across the Office Suite doesn't seem justifiable.
I have had to go back and manually restore previous version of files I last saved prior to the introduction of this feature to restore time stamps and the original status of a file that I edited prior to saving an updated version separately on numerous occasions. Very annoying, especially as I never asked for these files to be 'Autosaved' when I created them on a previous version of Office.
yes, I hate AutoSave. What the **** is wrong with Save As? nothing. I turn it off all the time, and I'm here tying to find a way to disable it. I'm sure its great for someone, but that's not me, so dont force me to use it.
Autosave is only causing me headaches. Please give us at least an option to permanently disable this for our Microsoft programs. I have lost way too much work because I accidentally forgot to click it off when I opened a document. Also I have had others overwrite my documents on accident because they just wanted to test something else out. I know there is some features that enables us to go back to different version, but this isn't always accurate. It requires more time to open up the previous version to try and confirm that it is the right version, which may not always be easy to tell if you are not that familiar with the original document.
Again, at least give us the ability to permanently disable it for all our Microsoft software.
Autosave causes me nothing but aggravation. I work mainly on excel spreadsheets and need my previous months billing saved as changes do come up later down the road. I have had to redo my work countless times to acquire the original document/formals. I was just informed today that I have to hit autosave "off" for every document.
Because the list of comments is getting longer, I thought I would re-post Williams excellent solution. This changes the default position to 'off' and works a charm.
William O'Brien commented · February 9, 2018 5:16 PM · Flag as inappropriate
Non-tech step by step guide to switching off autosave. Worked for me. Thanks to Rudy Mens for the code.
Click on the "search windows" magnifying glass to the right of the Win 10 logo at the bottom left of your screen.
Type "Create a restore point". Click on "Create a restore point".
In the pop-up window click on Create, to save a restore point so you can easily reverse the changes below. This shouldn't be necessary but provides a prudent safety net.
Click on the "search windows" magnifying glass to the right of the Win 10 logo at the bottom left of your screen
Type "Powershell" and enter.
Find Windows Powershell in the list that pops up, right-click on it and select "Run as administrator"
Click Yes to "Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device?"
Copy and paste each of the lines below in sequence into the Windows Powershell window, pressing enter after each one
$path = "HKCU:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\16.0"
Set-ItemProperty -Path $path\Word -Name DontAutoSave -Value 1
Set-ItemProperty -Path $path\Excel -Name DontAutoSave -Value 1
Set-ItemProperty -Path $path\Powerpoint -Name DontAutoSave -Value 1
In the unlikely event that you want to revert to automatic Autosave:
In "search windows" type "regedit"
Navigate to "HKCU:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\16.0"
Under Word, Excel and PowerPoint simply delete the subkey "DontAutoSave" in each case.
Rehman Rasheed commented
This is a useful feature but it should be 'Off' by default. As it ruins the old documents opened for just viewing only.
William O'Brien THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. It has been frustrating me beyond belief when I re-purpose an old document and forget to make a copy of it first before making my changes, only to discover it has permanently saved it. Even worse is that often it seems it the only "version" history it has is the new saved version. Before discovering the info you provided, I painfully would open docs turn Autosave off just to try and prevent this. The fact that they added this feature doesn't offend me as much as the fact that they "retroactively" applied to to default on for all previously created docs and did not provide any global controls to turn it on or off. I am so relieved to have this horrid "feature" in my rearview mirror.
joan bergren commented
I agree. How to turn it off permanently?
Sam Piper commented
Autosave subverts the idea of local configuration management. I save files to maintain ideas and thoughts and autosave says well just go back. That would be great if I knew exactly where and when I needed to go - and oby the way I don't want to undo all the other work I've done. I just want to see two versions of the document. There needs to be a global toggle off - and let me turn it on when I want it.
Richard Sutter commented
Please allow Autosave to be disabled globally. It has cost me hours of lost time and documents.
Well I agree we should have a choice to disable, but I do see where MS is going with this and document collaboration. I think at minimum they should bring back "SAVE AS" with a check box to revert the original to the beginning of the edit.
Appears I have a slightly different issue - I use documents stored on my PC and synced to OneDrive cloud and each time I open a document it then stored this as a second copy on my desktop. That is with AutoSave OFF!!
Anyone else have this problem?
Nick Snelling commented
It feels like this Autosave feature has been forced upon us without properly considering the consequences. Here are some issues that have already come from this, to name but a few....
1. Saving new documents in SharePoint Document Libraries with Check In Check Out enabled now causes a sync error that can only be resolved by closing the document and reopening it from the Upload Centre. This is because Autosave can't work with document libraries that have Check In Check Out requirements and this feature doesn't disable when first saving the document in such a library.
2. Users lose data / hours of work, because they are familiar with working without an autosave feature. There is no warning or guidance issued by the software to support users through this shift in mentality.
3. This feature doesn't appear to apply to all microsoft applications. For example Visio doesn't autosave but Word, Excel and PowerPoint do. Having one rule for some apps and another rule for others, creates a very confusing world for users already struggling with continual context shift.
4. Providing a means to disable this feature, but making it a registry setting feels half baked and will create yet another pile of work for our wonderful desktop support teams. How many users are permitted to modify their registry, even if they know what to do!?
Please, please, please tidy up this feature release. If you want to enable it, at least make it compatible with your existing sharepoint technologies and support users by educating them that it is on and it's implications. Users should ultimately have a choice as to whether this feature is on by default in their application settings.
Run Powershell script to disable Autosave.
Mike M commented
Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU William O'Brien! Your powershell script to edit the registry works like a charm.
Yeah Anonymous, we know you can do all that stupid stuff that Google Drive users MUST do because they don't have a choice either. Downloading the file is just extra steps that aren't needed or wanted from savvy users.
The file already exists on the PC because it's in sync with OneDrive... Shouldn't have to download it again just to make edits. Working with very large spreadsheets and other types of documents becomes impossible to wait on the auto save feature to keep up anyway!
Get it? Probably not. But that's not the point. You should be able to use the AutoSave feature, and people who don't want it should be able to easily disable it without having to work through the registry.
You all know that you can DOWNLOAD the file and work on it offline and work as you always would have? Editing it from an ONLINE source is no different than how Google and other online collaboration platforms works.
Also, if you make edits to a template file instead of copying that file to make a template in the first place that is absolutely YOUR fault!
Don't like the Autosave feature? Then download the file, edit it and re-upload it, problem solved, and you can even name it "my file version 1.2" and ignore the fact that it versions it for you...
Seriously, this is why we can't have nice things :(
Please disable AUTOsave - it is causing more grief than it supposedly trying to save
David Topping commented
similar topic with lots more votes: https://office365.uservoice.com/forums/264636-general/suggestions/19082773-disable-the-new-autosave-by-default-as-it-can-lea
David Topping commented
Similar topic with lots more votes: https://office365.uservoice.com/forums/264636-general/suggestions/19082773-disable-the-new-autosave-by-default-as-it-can-lea