[Tips] AutoSave Is Greyed Out or Not Working in Office, Word, Excel

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Tracy King updated on Jan 29, 2021 to Computer Instruction | How-to Articles

AutoSave switch greyed out, how to fix

"The Office AutoSave feature seems greyed out and is not available to work in my Office 2016 applications. I tried to turn on the AutoSave feature in the Excel and the Word so that I can automatically save important files while editing them. 
However, I tried on both Word and Excel applications, the AutoSave was not available to work. I have to save and backup Word and Excel document files in a manual way. So does anyone know how to resolve the AutoSave not working issue and enable Word/Excel to autosave files again?

According to Microsoft community, AutoSave not working or not available issue has been continuously bringing ordinary users problems on saving and backing up useful Office Excel or Word files. So how to fix the AutoSave switch greyed out error? And is it possible to automatically backup Word or Excel etc. Office files when the AutoSave feature is not working? Fortunately, reliable methods for solving this issue have been found, and they are available here to help you out now.

Fix AutoSave Is Not Working, Greyed Out or Not available Error Now

If your Office Word, Excel is not working to automatically save files or fail to create temp files for the under-editing document, just follow provided solutions to resolve this issue now you own now.

Method 1. Use AutoSave alternative to back up Office, Word, Excel files

When the AutoSave feature is not working on your computer for saving or backup Word, Excel files, you can turn to an alternative tool - EaseUS Todo Backup to automatically backup your files with simple clicks. 

EaseUS Todo Backup can only help you backup saved Word or Excel document files automatically. If you want to auto-save files that are under editing, you’ll have to do the saving job on your own. 

If you want to backup target Office files such as Word or Excel document automatically with 100% free tool, EaseUS Todo Backup free can help. And you may install and apply this free alternative software to backup your Word or Excel files with ease now: 

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Step 1. Open EaseUS Todo Backup and select "File" on the main window.

Run EaseUS Todo Backup

Step 2. Select the files to backup and the backup destination.

By clicking "Browse" on the left pane, you could choose different destination to save the backed up files. You'd better create the backup file in external storage media or cloud drive to prevent damage or destruction of the backup file.

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EaseUS Todo Backup now supports users to back up files to the cloud. All you need to do is sign up with an EaseUS account, then you could enjoy a large cloud storage space. More advantages of backing up to the cloud include accessing backup files anytime and anywhere, saving file copies offsite, so you don't need to worry about virus attacks or computer failures, and easier and faster backup and recovery operations.
select the files to back up

Step 3. Create a backup plan to automatically back up selected files.

1. Click "Schedule: Off" to create a flexible and automatic backup plan. 

Create automatic backup plan

2. Set the automatic backup schedule by day, by week or by month and click "Save" to keep the changes.

Set schedule backup frequency

If you can also click "Backup options" at the left bottom to set more advanced parameters for the plan. 

backup options

And the Image-reserve strategy will help you to keep the backup image as per image retention rule.

image-reserve strategy

Step 4. Click "Proceed" to execute your operation.

After the first time full backup, your Excel, Word or even PPT, etc. Office files will be backup automatically without any further operation.

Method 2. Try to enable AutoSave feature in Office, Excel, Word

When the AutoSave feature is not working to save your files automatically in Word or Excel, you can try to enable AutoSave feature in Office application to see if it helps or not.
Here we’ll take Excel as an example to show you how to enable AutoSave feature in Excel/Word etc Office applications:

Step 1. Open an Excel or Word file, to go "File", and click "Options".

Step 2. Go to "Save" and check "Save AutoRecover information every ** minute" to enable the AutoRecover feature in Word/Excel application. 

Enable AutoSave on Office.

With this, you’ll be able to save your Excel or Word document every ** minute as you wish.
As we all know that AutoSave will be turned on when you save your file in a cloud service such as OneDrive, OneDrive or Business or SharePoint. You can you continue below tips to enable AutoSave feature now:

Step 3. Open a Word or Excel file, choose "File" > "Account" > "Update Options" > "Update Now".

Step 4. Open Office app, click "File" > "Open" and navigate to the server location (OneDrive or SharePoint).

Step 5. Use a web browser, open the file directly from OneDrive or SharePoint where the file is stored. 

After this, you should be able to autosave Word or Excel file on your own now. 

Method 3. Uninstall and reinstall Office application to repair not working AutoSave feature

The last way that you can try to repair the not working AutoSave feature in Office application is to uninstall and reinstall Office on your PC.

You can directly uninstall it from your computer and then redownload it from the Windows Store, and install on your PC.

After this, you can sign in your Office account if you have one and then check whether the AutoSave feature is available now.

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