Help protect your files in case of a crash

Crashes happen. The power goes out. And sometimes, people accidentally close a file without saving. To avoid losing all your work when stuff like that happens, make sure AutoRecover and AutoSave are turned on.

  1. Click File > Options > Save.

  2. Make sure the Save AutoRecover information every x minutes box is selected.

  3. In Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, make sure the Keep the last autosaved version if I close without saving box is selected.

    Important    The Save button is still your best friend. To be sure you don’t lose your latest work, click Save Button image (or press Ctrl+S) often.


To be extra safe, enter a small number in the minutes box, like 10. That way, you’ll never lose more than 10 minutes of work.

On the other hand, if you want to make Office faster, try entering a larger number in the minutes box, like 20.

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AutoRecover saves more than your files. It also saves your workspace (if it can). Suppose you open several spreadsheets in Excel and the power goes out. When you restart Excel, AutoRecover tries to open your spreadsheets again, laid out the way they were before, with the same cells selected.

In Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, use AutoRecover to recover an Office file.

Applies To: Excel 2016, Publisher 2016, Excel 2013, Word 2013, PowerPoint 2013, Publisher 2013, Visio 2013, Excel 2010, Word 2010, PowerPoint 2010, Publisher 2010, Visio 2010, Project 2010, Office 2010, Visio Standard 2010, Visio Professional 2013, Project Standard 2010, Project Standard 2013, Project Professional 2013

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