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
Austin Sloan commented
If Autosave is on and saves over something you wanted, you can go back to an earlier version.
Click File > Info and select View and restore previous versions.
Click a version to open.
Click Restore if you find the version you want.
Adri Fijneman commented
I fully agree with Charlie, it already caused problems for me and my colleagues. Or, at least after a 'Save as' the originally opened document should remain the same. It has taken hours already to repare original documents.
So, I vote for either a default, to be set for office as a whole, like date/time/language etc., or default 'No'.
Get rid of this non-feature NOW! And I'm not even going ask nicely.
I recently lost the minute of an important meeting without understanding why. Now I do.
My company should sue you for damages!
Fernando Messeder commented
Asking users to modify a registry entry to disable autosave is ridiculous. And it will not work at all on mobile platforms. Office apps need to have a global setting to disable autosave plain and simple.
Fernando Messeder commented
The default autosave setting can destroy a spreadsheet if you open a complex one, do some modifications for test and realize that autosave has overwritten your file with a useless version. It should have a global setting that will turn this feature off to all files. The option of changing registry entries is ridiculous to ask to a normal user to do and it will not work on an iPad or other mobile platform at all
This is a problem. There are times I just want to view old files - whether it is school, business or other people’s attachments and sometimes share back with others. I don't want to tamper with the file, the file date, or convert to a current version of office. I don't want my name(username) appended or overwriting the last user, the creator, or original owner. Especially in an academic environment, I do not own other people’s sources when it comes to compiling research. Changing meta data and dates also triggers (which I don't want) my 'OneDrive' and 'Backup and Sync' from Google to do a sync. "Hey, this kid is dabbling with his files again. Let's sync for him"
This also looks bad on my part when I turn in computer assignments. My teachers are smart enough to look at the creator, if file was made on personal computer or at the computer lab, and when it was last saved, especially where there is a dispute over meeting deadlines and when it was last saved.
Also, I had a **** of time during the Office 365 installation a proxy. It would never activate. The same goes for having the program Sign-In, syncing with Office 365 online, and checking the device's license status, download fonts or other Office Internet related features.
I have had Office 365 installed for less than a week and it has only crashed on me three times when it was trying to find a location to save. I’m glad it was just notes and not assignments. I was surprised I did not have an Auto-Recovery file to fall back on, when I reopened the software.
So I found out, I must first save files to other local folder locations not identified by Office as syncing with Office 365 online. Second, exit the program. Third, move files and folders back to My Documents. If I need access to the files elsewhere, I had to Install OneDrive and make the sync folder a different location. Then fourth, move the file to this location. Office 365 Online does not like me choosing my new local OneDrive location as a place to save, however it does not complain about Google. So I must manually move files if I want OneDrive. As a homage to Sneakernet I coin this workflow Officenet. This is the only way I can get this software to properly work.
Excel is saying, “Okay use this software, but don’t save here! No, don’t save there! I’m watching these folders, I know when you’re going to try to save here. I’m not letting you move these spreadsheets while I’m sitting here. When I’m not sitting here you can do whatever, but if I’m back… you can bet I’m keeping an eye on these folders… and you.”
I am sure I have less than 30-days to use Office 365 offline before I have to lug a 75lb gaming rig somewhere with proxy-free public Internet access.
For now, I cannot follow this Office 365 college class labs verbatim and can only hope how fun midterms and finals will be.
This is a very dangerous feature. I want to decide when I save a file, not rely on AutoSave. Don't get me wrong, I've had instances where the AutoSave has come in handy e.g. computer has crashed but I've been able to access a recent copy of the file I was working on and haven't lost such a big amount of data. This is because it's been running in the background and that was fine. I'm now safely into the habit of saving before I exit a file. However it's now saying the upload was unsuccessful so I'm now having to do a 'Save As' and save over the current file, just in case the last Auto-Save didn't capture the data I put in 30 seconds ago. This example applies to an excel spreadsheet. This is a whole bunch of extra clicks and checking I'm saving over the correct file when I could just click 'Save' because I WANT to SAVE.
However, in Word, I use a different system where I write over last month's document and create a new one for this month with a new name. But with this AutoSave thingy, it means it will save the current document with the new data, possibly before I get a chance to rename it and writes over the last version which I want to be preserved. (Say the phone rings or I'm distracted by something going on). I appreciate you're offering the option of getting to the version history but that's even more faffing about!
This is bonkers Microsoft - why are you playing with these things!? As others have said, people have been doing things a certain way for decades - why are you taking the choice away and making it so we can't switch new things on/off!? We're paying for Office 365 so we should have the CHOICE and not be forced into a corner. Having to spend extra time on this is not cost effective and just adds to the frustration of 'yet another MS change that doesn't make sense'.
You can turn-off AutoSave from the File --> Options --> Save.
If you accidentally overwrite some data you did not want saved, if it's saved in OneDrive or SharePoint, you can recover the data by opening the containing folder online, and use the little chevron to the right hand side of the filename to restore an older version.
What is missing/should be corrected is that the AutoSave toggle icon is not present to the top-left of the toolbar on Windows 10. Interestingly enough, that toggle works fine for Mac OS. This has been a known bug for MS Office365 on Windows 10 since at least late 2017.
this option making work more delay, let us know how to deactivate the the option
Ryan Helmer commented
Please, at least offer some administrative control to *hide* the AutoSave button. The controls exist to turn AutoSave off--but only by default. Users see it and turn it on without understanding the implications.
Perhaps it is a training issue, but you can't instantly train your entire user base with permanent commitment to memory, against habits they've had for years/decades.
I have spent an extra hour on documents that I use to make new documents (changing information and then save as). I've turned autosave off on the document that I was using and it still messes up the documents. Please allow the user to disable this feature.
Admin User commented
It helps when people know what they are doing.Some people scream bcs they failed to manually save their document and in turn lost two days of work (?!?!?!?), others complain that the document was saved even though "they didn't intend to save it". Well, if you don't want to kill a file, then don't mess with it and create a new file. Or save it as a new file before you start messing with it. And always have good backups.
Autosave should be removed
Saving your work as you go in case your program stops responding or bombs out is a good idea, but it should be in a temporary file on your hard disk using a new filename.
Automatically overwriting your existing file as you go is a complete disaster and I've found files already changed when it too late to recover the original. Setting this as the default for files saved on OneDrive is a huge mistake and irritates me more than the times I've lost work through freeze ups. Go back to the previous system of saving your work in progress every few minutes on the hard drive.
It is difficult to understand why anyone would want AutoSave on by default.
I have hundreds of excel reports and tools used for analysis, I should be able to run as many what-ifs without a risk of losing my original last manually saved master version. I also would like to be able to sort files by the date that I created / modified them not the date I last opened them.
I knew there was a problem with OFFICE, but only recently realised that all of my files were being corrupted by this Microsoft feature.
Also..when I create the new file, autosave function seems to be greyed out, so I can not switch it off when I remember/get time to go back to the report.
I know have hundreds of useless Finance and tech support files that can not be recovered.
There are definitely some uses for this in a collaborative environment, but it definitely should be OFF by default and then turned on by the 'owner' of the file/folder if they want to share it out to the group in this manner.
I'd say most files just sit on servers for days-weeks-years. The someone (possibly with low computer savvy) opens the file to look at something, accidentally makes a bunch of changes and closes the file without saving like they have done for 20 years. All of a sudden, the next person has a corrupt file. And what's worse, no one even knows it has been corrupted. So the ability to revert is only somewhat useful.
What happens when the accidentally corrupted file undergoes a bunch of legitimate revisions without knowing it was messed up previously?
Please turn off by default, or at least allow an Office365 admin to easily turn this feature on/off by default for their organization in admin panel.
I disabled autosave in the preferences of Excel, Word & Powerpoint (for Mac). Every time Office 365 gets an update, it gets reenabled. When is Microsoft going to fix this?
The new AutoSave feature is a disaster! I have had many files that have been unintentionally modified due to this horrible feature. PLEASE give us the option to turn it off.
none of your business commented
How can I autosave like I have for years without using the internet, office365, the cloud etc?
Word and Excel used to save to your hard drive. I do not want to use the cloud. I want my stuff on my hard drive.
Microsoft is forcing me to use their cloud to simply autosave?
I lost hours worth of work due to the AutoSave. Very frustrating.