In Excel, PowerPoint, and Word 2016 for Office 365 subscribers, you might notice AutoSave in the upper-left corner. AutoSave is enabled when a file is stored on the cloud. When we say “cloud,” we mean OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, or SharePoint Online. AutoSave automatically saves your changes to the cloud as you are working. And, if other people are working on the same file, AutoSave lets them see your changes in a matter of seconds.
Note: This feature is currently available to Office 365 subscribers who have joined the Office Insider Fast program.
AutoSave will save every few seconds. Although the time can vary depending on what you are working on.
You can do this. Before you make your changes, turn the AutoSave switch off. Then make your changes. If the changes are meant to be temporary and not saved, close the file. Then click No when you are asked to save.
You can roll back to a previous version if you want. Click the Activity icon in the upper-right. Then find a past version, and click Open version. If other people haven’t made significant changes, click the Restore button. If others have made lots of changes since this version, select the content that you want, then copy and paste into the original file. Once you have copied all the changes, you can close the previous version.
If you don’t want to show your changes right away, you can turn AutoSave off. Then, when you’re ready, click Save to show your changes to the other people working on the file. (Or, you can also turn the AutoSave switch back on to save and share your changes.)
The default for AutoSave is to always be On for files that are on the cloud. However, if you turn AutoSave Off for a file, the program will remember and will keep it off every time you reopen that file. If you switch it back On for a file, it will remember to keep in on for that file.
No. When AutoSave is off, AutoRecover still works. For more information, see Help protect your files in case of a crash. When AutoSave is on, AutoRecover isn’t on, but don’t worry. Your file is getting saved every few seconds to the cloud. So if you crash while editing a file on the cloud, just reopen the file.
AutoSave is enabled when working on a file that is saved to OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, or SharePoint Online. If the file is saved to another location, then AutoSave is disabled. This will happen if your file is on a SharePoint On Premises site, a file server, or saved to a local path like C:\.
There are other reasons AutoSave could be disabled as well. For example, if your file is in an older format like .xls, .ppt, or .doc., it will be disabled. It will also be disabled if your presentation is in slide show mode, or if your workbook contains password protection. In cases like these, the program will tell you why it can't be turned on, and what to do about it.