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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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    Stephen Frost commented  · 

    What a horrible implementation, and even worse that it is on by default, and changing it globally is so obscured and stated by Microsoft reps as not possible in MS help forums elsewhere. It interrupts my normal versioning workflow which has worked for *decades* without data loss... until this "feature."

    A particularly malevolent quirk is that I was reviewing many old documents from an archive on OneDrive that was not to be altered and both Word and PowerPoint would auto-save/sync them as soon as I opened them; I wasn't making any changes. This meant that the important file modification dates, going back into 2011 and 2012, were wiped out with the current date/time. Worse, the OneDrive version history apparently sets the last version date in 2017, so there's no way to revert and retain the last mod date. I had to actually pull out old backup hard drives and restore all the files I reviewed to restore the mod dates.

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