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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…

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    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.

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