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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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    Benn commented  · 

    Because the list of comments is getting longer, I thought I would re-post Williams excellent solution. This changes the default position to 'off' and works a charm.

    William O'Brien commented · February 9, 2018 5:16 PM · Flag as inappropriate
    Non-tech step by step guide to switching off autosave. Worked for me. Thanks to Rudy Mens for the code.

    Click on the "search windows" magnifying glass to the right of the Win 10 logo at the bottom left of your screen.
    Type "Create a restore point". Click on "Create a restore point".
    In the pop-up window click on Create, to save a restore point so you can easily reverse the changes below. This shouldn't be necessary but provides a prudent safety net.

    Click on the "search windows" magnifying glass to the right of the Win 10 logo at the bottom left of your screen
    Type "Powershell" and enter.
    Find Windows Powershell in the list that pops up, right-click on it and select "Run as administrator"
    Click Yes to "Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device?"

    Copy and paste each of the lines below in sequence into the Windows Powershell window, pressing enter after each one

    $path = "HKCU:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\16.0"
    Set-ItemProperty -Path $path\Word -Name DontAutoSave -Value 1
    Set-ItemProperty -Path $path\Excel -Name DontAutoSave -Value 1
    Set-ItemProperty -Path $path\Powerpoint -Name DontAutoSave -Value 1

    That's it!

    In the unlikely event that you want to revert to automatic Autosave:
    In "search windows" type "regedit"
    Navigate to "HKCU:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\16.0"
    Under Word, Excel and PowerPoint simply delete the subkey "DontAutoSave" in each case.

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