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 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?
Craig Hardegree commented
This is the most horribly arrogant and repugnant feature ever foisted upon us by Microsoft. It constantly causes loss of data. I don't care about "work-arounds." I don't care if other document programs already do this. I care that Microsoft did something extraordinarily harmful to good paying customers and don't care that they did. I am going to discontinue my Office 365 subscription.
PLEASE give me the option to set autosave OFF by default.
In Word, I regularly use existing documents as templates to edit, then save as another document.I had done and still do this before remembering to disable the Autosave feature, overwriting the original. In some casesI've tried going back to older versions but these files were corrupted. At every occurance, this is a pain and a waste of my time.
In Excel, I regularly edit and tweaked spreadsheets, which I want to discard the changes. This was achieved in previous versions by simply closing the file. Not anymore.
I've wasted too much time trawling through different previous versions, or re-typing out documents and spreadsheets. This should be a simple matter of clicking a box as an OPTION, not what I currently have of a system that is forced upon me and does not work with my way of doing things.
I HATE AUTOSAVE! I often open many files for reference only and I DON'T WANT TO SAVE THEM! Even if I don't update the I don't want the file save date to change. I often search by file save dates.
PLEASE REVERT! It used to be only Excel. Now it's on Word! ARGH!!!!
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 :(
Calvin Pynn commented
I regularly use a wide variety legacy files in Word, Excel & PowerPoint as templates for new ones (many hundreds of different files).
I have now permanently lost dozens of critical legacy files because of this 'feature'.
I can't believe you allowed your IT nerds to FORCE this feature on your users.
I grew up in a 'real' democracy where we have this thing called 'choice'. It's an incredible concept. You may want to look into it.
As other commentators have stated, I used some templates for work and this AutoSave has the potential to ruin older files. While this is a bad feature, my biggest concern is that Microsoft allowed this to get through their development.
That said, if Microsoft lets me down it is not their fault, it is mine for staying with them. I am in the process of removing all things OneDrive, which by the way my initial reaction is wow the computer runs smoother. I really like the Office Programs, but continuous upgrades are not a good idea unless we need them. Could I just pay a fee for no upgrades? OneDrive and Office are not a good mix in my opinion. AutoSave seals the deal for me.
I couldn't agree more. I just ruined a report I was preparing when I used last year's report as a template, was going to change key data and then "save as" a 2018 version of the report. Instead my 2017 report was overwritten, and since I saved a copy of 2018 version of the report, I know how two versions of the same report (2017 and 2018), and no remaining version of my 2017 report (yes, I know I can use OneDrive's version history to restore and then resave the original, but these are all extra steps that would not have to be taken if Microsoft didn't force features on users... with no simple way of disabling an unwanted (unneeded) feature.
Forcing this on users is an arrogant decision that seems to be causing people all kinds of headaches, especially professionals who are losing work and records. Poorly thought through.
Hopefully Microsoft will listen to the mounting number of disgruntled voices.
Just to add my voice to this chorus - this was a very bad decision that has caused me loss and will cause others loss. I hope you get sued successfully for some of those losses as that will be a learning experience. In future, if you want to implement such a divisive feature then as a bare minimum, allow users to permanently turn it off without having to manually amend the registry as I have had to. If you had an application specific option to set autosave default to off for all documents, then none of this would be an issue.
Brandt Maybury commented
This feature has cost me hours of work, and in some cases failed projects due to overwritten data etc. Every time I turn it off and save as new...it turns back on. Please fix!
This new MANDATORY AutoSave is a HORRIBLE mistake. You have cost me HOURS of work! If someone told you they wanted this feature why didn't you make it an OPTIONAL feature. I DON'T WANT IT!!!!!!!!