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How to Enable Autosave in Word to Never Lose Your Edits

We show you how to enable Autosave in Word and explain the difference between using Autosave and Autorecover.


Whether it's due to an unstable power supply, a computer hiccup, or just human error, losing unsaved work is a problem that can strike at any time, leaving a trail of lost time and effort. This is where 's Autosave feature becomes a true lifesaver.

Why Autosave Matters

Autosave is more than just a convenience; it's a critical tool that safeguards your work. When enabled, it automatically saves your document at regular intervals, ensuring that even in the face of a crash or power loss, your work is not entirely lost. This feature is especially vital for those who work extensively in Word, be it for business, academics, or personal projects. With Autosave, the fear of losing your work diminishes significantly, allowing you to focus more on the content rather than worrying about constantly hitting the save button.

It's particularly beneficial when files are stored on cloud services like OneDrive or SharePoint as part of , providing an added layer of security and accessibility. By automatically saving your document to the cloud, you're not only protecting your work against local system failures but also ensuring that it's accessible from anywhere, on any device, at any time.

Autosave vs. AutoRecover: Understanding the Difference

It's important to distinguish between Word's Autosave and AutoRecover features. While Autosave continuously saves your changes to the cloud, AutoRecover saves your document locally at set intervals. This local backup can be a lifesaver in instances where your computer shuts down unexpectedly. Regardless of the situation, having either Autosave or AutoRecover enabled means you can pick up right where you left off, without the panic of lost work.

How to Enable Autosave in Word

  1. Click on the “File” tab located in the top toolbar
    Windows 11 - Word - File
  2. Select “Options” (usually found towards the bottom of the list)
    Windows 11 - Word - File - More - Options
  3. Navigate to “Save” Settings and activate “Autorecover”
    Enable the option “Save AutoRecover information every [X] minutes” and set your preferred saving interval.
    You can also activate the first checkbox “AutoSave OneDrive and SharePoint Online files by default on Word”. This means that whenever you open a document stored on OneDrive or SharePoint Online in Microsoft Word, the AutoSave feature will be automatically enabled for that document.
    Important: AutoSave continuously saves changes to a document stored in the cloud in real-time, while AutoRecover only saves temporary backup versions locally at set intervals.
    Windows 11 - Word - File - More - Options - Save - Check Save Autorecover Information - Specify Minutes
  4. Activate “Keep the last AutoRecovered version if I close without saving”
    When this option is enabled, Word keeps the last AutoRecovered version of your document even if you close the document without saving the changes. This feature is particularly useful in scenarios where you might close a document prematurely or if a session ends unexpectedly, ensuring you have a fallback version to return to. It essentially adds an additional layer of protection against data loss for your unsaved work. If you accidentally close a document without saving, you can still recover the last AutoRecovered version the next time you open Word
    Windows 11 - Word - File - More - Options - Save - Check Keep the Last AutoRecovered
  5. Optional: Change “AutoRecover file location” and “Default local file location”
    Windows 11 - Word - File - More - Options - Save - Autorecover & Deafault Local File Location

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Markus Kasanmascheff
Markus Kasanmascheff
Markus is the founder of WinBuzzer and has been playing with Windows and technology for more than 25 years. He is holding a Master´s degree in International Economics and previously worked as Lead Windows Expert for Softonic.com.