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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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    Mark commented  · 

    As an accounting professional, it is common to open prior month excel workpapers to do analysis that I purposely don't want to save. As a result, the mandatory AUTOSAVE features destroys the integrity of my prior month workpapers if I don't remember to turn off Autosave as soon as I open a prior month spreadsheet.

    The mandatory AUTOSAVE is a really bad idea and Microsoft should allow users to turn the feature off.

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