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
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?
REMOVE AUTOSAVE. CAUSING ME TO LOSE ALOT OF TIME!
going to downgrade my office just to fix this problem.... how hard is it to add a disable function for this feature good i suppose if your doing a school paper but invoices that start from a blank or anything you have blanks of. i now store 10 copy's in a folder just in case auto save wrights over them....
Completely agree with the last comment (Tracie). This feature is dangerous when files are being shared, we must be able to turn it off at app level, not have to remember every time
BTW you can disable per app -
but once disabled this way, you can't enable for a specific document. This was an ill-considered change in behaviour that is crying out for some more non-registry-editing options to configure behaviour. And for sure default should be off.
Autosave has been a serious productivity killer for me. Who at Microsoft thought it was a good plan to require the user to take extra steps to prevent a file from being updated when it hasn't been changed? We need a way to turn this feature off at an app level, not on a file-by-file basis, because even if you're only opening one file at a time (and there are a lot of people who are opening huge swathes of files all at once), you can't hit the off button fast enough to keep it from changing your time stamp to the current date and time. Many of us require the ability to have the 'last saved as' date reflect the last time a change was made to the file. That one disastrous aspect of Autosave has led to my moving files off of OneDrive. What a terrible irony. If you use the cloud to store your files, it's supposed to keep them safer than having them on your hard drive, but Autosave is driving people away from storing files on the cloud. Maybe that's their plan? if so, that's genius!!! Tired of taking up massive storage space with customers' documents? Make it unusable and they'll go away!
This feature is complete dreck and has cost me a ridiculous amount of time. Talk about a productivity ruiner. I agree that if someone likes the feature, great, good, let them use it, but we need to be able to turn it off at an app level, not file by file. No matter how fast I hit 'off' when a file opens, it's already updated the time stamp to today's date, even if no changes were made, and I need to keep a record of the last saved date. It should not require the user to take extra steps to keep a file from showing that it has NOT been changed.
This is huge mistake, Microsoft. The default for autosave should be off, not on. I don't always remember to turn AutoSave off, or save the original document with a new name, so I end up with a changed document that requires extra steps to recover. This is incredibly annoying, as I think most of your user base would agree.
This is especially a problem if you just want to consult a document from SharePoint and open it locally. It makes auditing a nightmare as you appear to have changed a document - without ever changing one word to it...
I cannot believe Microsoft would create such a headache for me. VERY UNHAPPY and looking for another service as we speak!
In addition to having to remember to turn auto save off. Sometimes that option is not available yet still it saves changes that I DO NOT want saved.
If somebody knows of a non-Mirosoft product that is as good as Word, please let me know.
Richard Sutter commented
Users need to be able to disable autosave globally. I frequently use past proposals for previous customers to save time entering address info etc. I then use the save as feature to keep the previous version and have a new version. The new autosave function is not helpful, and I've already lost previous versions because of the change. This needs to be optional. An autosave feature that actually causes the loss of information is not a good feature.
Winn Cody commented
Our users have to open hundreds of very large Excel files during certain times of the year and the AutoSave feature inhibits our processes since the files want to immediately save to SharePoint, which slows everything down because of their size.
I understand the intent, (saving is good!) but the real-world results are inhibiting workflow. Please allow us to shut this feature off for our users.
Eric Anderson commented
The new AUTOSAVE feature should be off by default. Alternately have a means of disabling it globally on all Office applications.
I frequently open an existing file and then make some temporary edits that I purposely don't want to save. The AUTOSAVE feature breaks this use model by saving a version of the file I never wanted saved.
Just opening a file and making no changes results in the file being saved with a new time stamp. I use the time stamps to help understand the age of a file. The AUTOSAVE feature breaks this use model too.
I cannot tell you how much I hate the new autosave in Office. It totally disrupts the way I work & now I have to take time to restore files to the way they were because I didn't really want to save the changes I made. There needs to be a setting to turn off autosave for every document & not make us remember to do that document by document.
Not everyone wants the AUTOSAVE option. Microsoft need to build in the ability to disable the autosave. I frequently use one document to create another and the autosave means that I cannot keep both versions without lots of back peddling into older versions, which I do not have the capacity to time manage
I totally agree. I've lost important files already because of this feature, and it took me hours to re-create them.
Aron Sharman commented
I agree completely - I hate the new auto-save, and it has caused me real problems with lost data. Auto-save used to run in the background and provide a user with a disaster recovery point if the file crashed, or hung, etc. Now, auto save is creating a disaster from which the user has to recover! If I open a file to use as a template to create a new file (e.g. use last month's invoice as a template for this month's invoice) unless I give the new file a new name immediately, I lose last month's invoice!
By pushing this feature out to all users everywhere, you are forcing people who have worked with Excel (or other office programs) for years to change the way they work. This was surely not your intention.
Please turn it off and make a recovery feature - we know when we want to save and what we want to save, let us do this when we are ready.