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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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    DF commented  · 

    This feature has caused me nothing but grief. The combination of default-on Autosave, the spotty ability to retrieve earlier versions in Office Applications, and the disabling of Undo in Excel combine to create a situation where file data can be lost and unrecoverable. I've begun saving prior versions of Excel files under different names in the event I must manually go back to retrieve lost file data.
    Reading the below, there are numerous complaints about this feature and no word out of Redmond that Microsoft will do anything to fix it.
    I hate to go this route, but wonder if others have found Google Applications to be of better use.

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