How to Disable AutoSave in Word/Excel on Windows and Mac

On Windows and macOS, AutoSave is available in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint for Microsoft Office subscribers. In this post, you are going to learn what AutoSave is and the way to turn off AutoSave in Word/Excel on Windows and Mac. If you lose Word documents or Excel files, you can download and run EaseUS Office data recovery software. It enables you to restore Microsoft Office files with simple steps.

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What Is AutoSave in Word/Excel

Recently, Microsoft has included an autosave feature that is turned on by default. This feature is available when a file is saved to Microsoft OneDrive or SharePoint in Microsoft 365. AutoSave can be useful because there may be a time when you want to make changes to a file without saving it. But there is a problem, any change you make is automatically saved - meaning your original document is overwritten, even if you don't want it to be. Thus, we are going to talk about how to turn it off.

what is autosave

Part 1. How to Disable Word/Excel AutoSave on Windows

If you are using Windows 11/10/8/7, you can disable Word/Excel AutoSave by the steps below.

Step 1. Open an Office 365 program that can open a Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. file and click "File".

Step 2. Select "Options" from the left navigation.

Step 3. In the "Options" window, select "Save" from the left navigation.

Step 4. Uncheck the "Autosave OneDrive and SharePoint Online files by default" option.

disable autosave on Windows

Part 2. How to Disable Word/Excel AutoSave on macOS

If you turn AutoSave Off for an individual file the application will remember to keep it off every time you reopen that file. Things could be a little bit different if you are going to turn off AutoSave on Mac.

Step 1. Open Excel or Word or any of the Office programs and click (in our case) Excel in the toolbar on top of the screen.

Step 2. Click "Preferences".

Step 3. In the Preferences Dialog box, click the "Save" button in the "Sharing and Privacy" at the bottom of the box.

Step 4. Unselect the "Turn on AutoSave" by default.

disable autosave on Mac

Part 3. How to Recover Lost Word/Excel Files on Your PC

Microsoft Office comes with an AutoSave button turned on by default. It is a very good idea for data protection. Since you have turned off the AutoSave option with the steps below, you must take the risk of data loss. But you can restore the deleted or lost files with professional data recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. This file recovery software can recover unsaved or deleted Word, Excel, and PPT files with simple steps.

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Follow the steps below to recover lost Word or Excel files.

Step 1. Choose the Word file location

If it's on a USB flash drive or SD card, connect it to your computer first. Choose the hard disk drive or a specific folder and click the "Scan" button.

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Scan and select lost files

The software will start immediately scanning all lost data on the selected drive. After the scan, click "Filter", choose "Word" from the drop-down list, and click the tree view on the left side to navigate the wanted Word documents. 

scan word files

Step 3. Preview Word files and recover

You're allowed to double-click and preview a Word file if you have Microsoft Word application installed on your computer. Finally, select the desired Word file and click "Recover".

select word documents and recover


AutoSave is a new feature available in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint for Microsoft 365 subscribers that saves your file automatically. You are advised to keep the AutoSave turning on to protect your Office data. But sometimes it can cause some issues, you can also disable the option with the methods above. If you are faced with Office data loss, you can also turn to EaseUS data recovery software.

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