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Aron Sharman

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    504 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    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…

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    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.

    Thank you

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