Do you encounter Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint stopping autosaving your files on Windows 10/11? Don’t panic! Every problem has a fix. In this post on MiniTool Website, you will find some effective solutions.

AutoSave Not Working in Excel/Word

AutoSave is one of the most useful features in Microsoft Office. You can see the feature in the top right corner when opening a Word, PowerPoint, or Excel document. To enable this feature, files must be saved to OneDrive or SharePoint.

The AutoSave feature allows you to save your work files automatically every a few minutes and it is very effective when there is a sudden application crash or computer crash or power failure. The files that this feature saves will be added a suffix of AutoRecovered. However, sometimes, it is really frustrating to face AutoSave not working. In the second part of this post, we will show you 4 solutions on that. Please follow them one by one until your problem gets fixed.

an autorecovered file

How to Fix AutoSave Not Working in Word/Excel?

Fix 1: Check If the Feature Is Enabled

Make sure to enable the AutoSave features in Microsoft Word/Excel/PowerPoint. Here’s how to enable this feature in Microsoft Word.

Step 1. Type word in the search bar and hit Enter.

Step 2. Click on Options > go to Save > check Save AutoRecover information every * minutes and Keep the last Auto Recovered version if I close without saving > hit OK.

Step 3. Go to the Advanced tab, scroll down to find the Allow background saves option and tick it. Press OK to save the changes.

 tick Allow background saves

Fix 2: Check File Formats

The AutoSave feature is not supported in older file formats like .xls, .doc, .ppt. If this is the case, you can consider changing the file extensions to the latest to see if it does the trick for Autosave not working or Autosave grayed out.

Fix 3: Remove Security Features

The AutoSave feature can not work properly with password encryption turning on. Therefore, you need to remove password protection manually.

Step 1. Launch Microsoft Word.

Step 2. Go to Info > click Protect Document > select Encrypt with Password in the drop-down menu.

 select Encrypt with Password

Step 3. In the pop-up window, delete password protection and save the changes.

Fix 4: Repair Microsoft Office

If none of the solutions above helped you out, try repairing or reinstalling Microsoft Office. Here’s how to repair the installation of Microsoft Excel:

Step 1. Press Win + I to open Windows Settings.

Step 2. Go to Apps > Apps & features, and then you will see a list of applications installed on your computer.

Step 3. Scroll down to find Microsoft Office, hit it, and choose Modify.

hit Modify

Step 4. Choose from Quick Repair and Online Repair to start repairing Microsoft Office.

Repair Office

Suggestion: Back up Your Files with MiniTool ShadowMaker

Speaking of data loss, it is strongly recommended to create a backup of your important files as a plan B. If you back up your files in advance, you can use the backup image to recover the lost data easily. Here, MiniTool ShadowMaker can meet your backup needs. This free backup software enables you to back up files in various formats within just a few steps. It is available in Windows 11/10/8/7. Let me hsow you how the backup feature works:

Step 1. Launch this tool and go to the Backup page.

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Step 2. In this page, click on SOURCE > Folders and Files, and then you can choose the files you want to backup.

choose the file you want to backup

Step 3. In DESTINATION, select a storage path for your backup image files.

Step 4. Click on Back Up Now to start the backup.

[Full Guide] How to Fix Excel AutoRecover Not Working?
[Full Guide] How to Fix Excel AutoRecover Not Working?

What is AutoRecover? How to use AutoRecover in Excel? What to do when it is not working? For more details, you can refer to this post.

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