Microsoft Office: AutoSave

Microsoft Office programs and other applications can and will crash. Whether you are working on a grant proposal or in the middle of a particularly challenging game of candy crush. While you can easily recover your position in a game, it is less easy (and often impossible) to regain unsaved edits to a Word document or Excel spreadsheet. Save yourself the frustration of losing hours worth of work by saving a document immediately after you have created it. You can also decrease the frequency of AutoSave in most Office programs to further ensure that your hard work is not lost to the ages. Feel free to contact us with any questions.

    • NOTE: The following instructions will work with both Office 2011 and Office 365 (2016)
    • In the top file menu bar, click “Word” and then click “Preferences”Word Preferences OS X
    • When the Word Preferences menu pops up, click “Save” in the Output and Sharing sectionWord Save Settings
    • At the Save screen, make sure that “Save AutoRecover info” is checked and then decrease the default time value from 10 minutes to a lower value such as 1-2 minutes.
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    • To save your settings:
      • Office 365 (2016)
        Close the window by clicking the red X in the top left of the Save screen and your settings will be updated
      • Office 2011
        Click the “OK” button at the bottom of the Save screen and your settings will be updated
    • In the top left menu bar, click “File”
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    • In the newly expanded left hand column, at the bottom, click “Options”
    • At the Word Options screen, click “Save” in the left hand column
    • At the Save screen, make sure that “Save AutoRecover informatio every…” is checked and then decrease the default time value from 10 minutes to a lower value such as 1-2 minutes.
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    • Click “OK” at the bottom of the window