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    511 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    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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    AG commented  · 

    Whatever camp you're in, users should be able to set the default for this setting to suit however they want to work.

    Personally, as a heavy Excel user I do not need or want workbooks saving until I want them saved - brief scenario analysis or changes that don't need to be saved are commonplace throughout the workday. This is especially true when multiple files are open - users need to be assured that actions they're accustomed to managing themselves aren't occurring unintentionally. The default setting here needs to be in the hands of the user.

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