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
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
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
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
Similar topic with LOTS more comments and votes: https://office365.uservoice.com/forums/264636-general/suggestions/19082773-disable-the-new-autosave-by-default-as-it-can-lea
Highly Agree - need ability to turn off AutoSave as a defualt if that is your choice. Ya sure you can revert your document back if you accidently change something (pain), that is if you realize what happened, many times I open a document to look at it, mess around with it, close it out not realizing I just saved over the top (what a pain). Now that I realize what is going on and you can use the "Save a copy", or turn it off for each document, but what a pain to always have to do this. Even though there is a workaround for all this, HOWEVER, the one thing that is not irreversible when you open a document in AutoSave mode is that it changes the "Date Modified" time stamp of a file, no way around it, and no restore feature to get your timestamp back. I like to view files that have not been updated in a while- and need to know the last time it was saved, but now I can't even open the file because it will save the time as last saved today. Please give the ability to turn AutoSave off as a default.
After trying Onedrive for the past month, I just opened up a new dropbox account that I am migrating all my backups to due to the hassle of auto save. option to globally disable this feature is necessary. thank you.
When preparing manuscripts I always create dozens of versions of a document. Sometimes I scrap entire sections but then need to resurrect them again 4 or 5 versions later. This feature has already caused me way too many headaches and lost hours of work. I want it turned off on all documents by default!
Lost entire day of work of creating templated letters. Autosave was saving my changes to the next letter as if it was my prior letter. So I basically all my changes to each letter created like an echo. And I have all the same letters with changes only here and there. Impossible to explain. THERE MUST BE A WAY TO GLOBALLY SHUT OFF THE AUTOSAVE.
William O'Brien commented
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.
I despise this autosave feature and cannot fathom why it cannot be disabled GLOBALLY
Just adding another voice - just switched (back) to onedrive after getting new surface pro, didn't find out about the "auto save" feature until I transferred all my files, now I am swearing at Microsoft at least once a day -- Please add a "disable' option Microsoft!!!!!!!!
Any chance there is a way to turn off this new autosave feature? I don't mean clicking the autosave on/off switch for each document in the top left corner - I mean turning it off for all my Word docs? As much as I would like to remember to turn it off every time I access a document - it's just not happening, too hectic. As others have mentioned - so many of our documents are templates where we add data and then save-as so that the original remains a template.
I have never commented on anything Microsoft has done before but this stupid autosave feature brought me out of the woodwork. As with others, we use templates (for quotes) and this has almost brought the entire system to ruin. We may wind up finding some original disks for a previous office and dump 365 as a result.This isn't regression this is nanny software at its worst.
Simon Foxall commented
I frequently use a previous spreadsheet as a basis of a new one. After a few edits I use 'save as' to save it under a new name. If I don't remember to switch off autosave I end up having to go back in the file history of the original file to restore it - time consuming and annoying.
There has to be the option of turning AutoSave off as a default.
I HATE the new Autosave. Give us the application-level option to disable autosave. I hate this enough to purchase an older version of Office and discontinue my subscription.
This AutoSave Feature is a NIGHTMARE!!! I am constantly using previous excel sheets and when I'm happy with my changes I do Save As keeping my original document in tact. I have also instructed others that if your working and make a huge mistake just exit without saving which is IMPOSSIBLE NOW! I do not want to download it or immediately rename the file why should I be forced to do more work or find a work around this horrible feature. I want AUTOSAVE DISABLED in both Word & Excel this is a HORRIBLE New Feature that I was given no warning too!!! Yes very disappointed customer
The worst thing a software can do, is to negate choice to users.
Forcing such an invasive feature as a unavoidable default, is messing with many years of consolidated workflows, and compromising the utility of using OneDrive and Office together.
Most of my work consists of doing temporary edits to excel files that does NOT need to be saved. The autosave feature is thus actively hindering my job, causing massive time loss to recover previous versions online whenever I forget to disable it.
While I'm not a fan of the new feature, remember that you can always go online and access old version of your documents. I've 'lost' three documents today because of the new to make multiple versions of a document with minor changes. The thing that annoys me is how quickly it's AutoSaving. Surely you can follow my set option for every 20 minutes for the standard AutoSaving, rather than saving as I type.
And I get that Google Docs does this too, but guess what - I'm not using Google Docs.
My biggest issue is that the tmp files created by this function are far from temporary, and are getting annoying. Is there a resolution for that?