Tech Tip Tuesday – Microsoft Office Autosave to the Rescue

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Avoid Losing Your Work in Files

Hi!  Eric Murcia here with another episode of Tech Tip Tuesday.  Last week we talked about setting up simple backups with Windows 10.  Maybe backups are too much for what you’re looking for.  Maybe you’re just looking for a simple way to keep your files safe in the event that you accidentally delete something, and you need to go back and retrieve it.  Or you inadvertently make changes and save a document.

Microsoft Office Autosave

Today we’re going to look at the autosave feature within Microsoft Office.  I have Word pulled up here.  Inside of Word, if you go into “File”.  This is Microsoft Word 2016.  Older versions are pretty much the same.  The function is located in a different location.  There is a function in pretty well all their versions of Office.

Where to Enable Autosave

In 2016, go into “File”, “Options”, and then we go down to the “Save” menu.  Inside of here, the key thing to make sure that you have enabled is the “Save AutoRecover information every”.  In this case I have it set to 10 minutes.  And “Keep the last autosaved version if I close without saving”, so if my computer crashes or Windows update gets applied and causes a reboot, no problem.  I’m going to have that last file in there.  You can modify this to suit your needs, however many minutes you’d like that to recur.  Everything from 1 all the way up to 120 minutes.

Autosave in Other Office Products

This same functionality is found in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint of the Office Suite.  In the main products that most people utilize, you can enable that.  So go in there and make sure that’s turned on.  At that point, you’re pretty much covered.

That’s all I have for you this week.  I look forward to talking to you again next week.  Thanks.

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March 6th, 2018|Categories: Backup & Recovery, Tech Tip Tuesday|Comments Off on Tech Tip Tuesday – Microsoft Office Autosave to the Rescue