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
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!!!!!!!!
Terrible, terrible forced thought by Microsoft. Terrible. Make this an elected option, not a forced option. Some of us actually use previous documents to create new ones. This AutoSave is doing nothing but eliminating our original work. Turning off AutoSave does NOT allow the user to keep it off. I have lost many, many documents in Word and Excel because of this ill conceived notion that the universe wants AutoSave. If I could personally thank the idiot(s) who decided this is a great forced update, I would... and not positively. Remove this as a required option and let us workers resume life without this terrible AutoSave. IT SHOULD BE A DEFAULT OPTION not a MANDATORY REQUIREMENT for using Word and Excel.
I send out lots of similar letters - I keep accidentally sending ones which have been over written with new information without me realising - I keep turning the damned autosave off, but each time i save it turns itself on again -
Its a great idea if that is what you WANT it to do, but it should be Opt In, not Opt out and once you have decided - it should not change back again by itself
Sort yerselves out there Microsoft!
You guys are completely insane to think this was a good feature the way it was implemented. Remove it as the default option and DO NOT make us use registry edits to fix your poor ideas
Please keep my settings to not enable autosave! I've lose so much productivity when Microsoft pushes an update to enable this by default, by default?!? A save function? Each update, I have to go through over 500 word docs and excel files to turn this basic function off. I use so many templates that cannot be autosaved or else I have to rewrite them if I don't catch the auto save function on. If this isn't taken care of I'm going to have to go with another provider; I joined Office365 to increase productivity not diminish it. I love your product but this is absolutely ridiculous. At the minimum allow me to disable autosave in one word doc or excel file and it updates the rest.
The new AutoSave is causing a lot of problems when using a content type template on SharePoint online. It overwrites the template when the user don't switch it off manually before completing template - even if the content type is read only.
I also use a SharePoint workflow that moves a document based on a status change and this AutoSave functions is causing duplicates to be created because the document has already been moved to a new location based on the status change - then the "AutoSave" saves back to the previous location. Very Frustrating!
AUTOSAVE CAN NOT BE ON BY DEFAULT!!! MICROSOFT PLEASE LISTEN TO US!!!
I use Word documents to create progress notes. I generally use the document from previous days to generate the current day's document. Recently Word has the AutoSave function turned on by default. As soon as I change one thing in the previous document it saves the change with the previous document's file name; now the previous document is no longer available without a lot of recovery work. Even if I turn the AutoSave off and save the document, the AutoSave turns back on. Furthermore this reoccurs each time I open a document.
AutoSave is a useful feature for some documents and completely inappropriate for many others. AutoSave ON cannot be the default state for any document. The user needs the ability to decide whether to turn this feature on, not off.
I work in finance and often use Excel to create financial models. We often use those files to test different scenarios on an ad-hoc without the intention of overwriting the file containing the original assumptions. This feature creates the unnecessary risk that important aspects of these documents will be overwritten. It is also not acceptable to have to rely on version history to restore the original document.
I implore you to make the AutoSave feature OFF by default. Let the user decide. I will certainly use the feature if it makes sense for the specific file, but it is highly problematic having this feature on for the wrong file.
This is also a cause of potential HIPAA violations, which can put small medical related companies out of business. Same scenario the HR example below. Small businesses also don't always use AD, so don't assume there's a network admin that will deploy the reg keys to all users. Needs to be turned off by default via a update!
It's a very small subset of users who would want this on by default. It's just fundamentally a bad idea. The use cases of "open prior file-->make changes-->save as new file" and "open file-->try stuff-->discard file" are just WAY too common. How does the MS Office team not know this after 30+ years?
If you map your SharePoint Online document library or OneDrive for Business to a network drive using Zee Drive http://www.thinkscape.com/Map-Network-Drives-To-Office-365-OneDrive/ and then open your document from the network drive, Autosave will be disabled by default.
Disclosure: I work for the company that develops Zee Drive.