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 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.