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Using AutoSave in Excel

Excel includes the ability to automatically save your work periodically, but the feature is not built into Excel 97 or Excel 2000. Instead, you need to install an add-in and then configure it to work properly. You can check to see if the AutoSave add-in is installed by displaying the Tools menu. If you do not see an AutoSave option, then you will need to follow these steps:

  1. Choose Add-Ins from the Tools menu. This displays the Add-Ins dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  2. Figure 1. The Add-Ins dialog box.

  3. Make sure the AutoSave add-in is selected; that it has a check mark beside it.
  4. Click on OK.

The proper AutoSave add-in is now installed. To use AutoSave, follow these steps:

  1. Choose AutoSave from the Tools menu. This displays the AutoSave dialog box. (See Figure 2.)
  2. Figure 2. The AutoSave dialog box.

  3. Use the controls in the dialog box to indicate how you want the saving to occur.
  4. Click on OK.

Notice that there is an option at the bottom of the AutoSave dialog box that allows you to specify whether Excel prompts you before saving your workbook. This is always a good option to select. The reason is because Excel always performs the AutoSave to the same file that you loaded. Thus, without prompting, your existing file will always be overwritten.

If you are using Excel 2002 or Excel 2003, the AutoSave add-in has been made a permanent part of Excel. In this version, you enable AutoSave by following these steps:

  1. Choose Options from the Tools menu. Excel displays the Options dialog box.
  2. Make sure the Save tab is selected. (See Figure 3.)
  3. Figure 3. The Save tab of the Options dialog box.

  4. Use the controls on the tab to indicate how you want the saving to occur.
  5. Click on OK.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2777) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003.

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ric    15 Sep 2016, 01:55
how to set autosave if im using excel 2010? my staff is using this version and she has a habit failing to save the document before closing it.
pardeep rawat    11 Jul 2016, 08:32
Dear sir,
     i have recovering the file but did not find any where. I do not know these file save or not.
shari    09 Apr 2016, 16:33
in your tip for autosave in excel 2003, the tip is for AutoRecovery, not auto save. Big difference.

Autosave in Word, saves my work every 5 mins. if I shut down without saving, it will still save at the last 5 min. interval.

However, Autorecovery only recovers a worksheet after a crash, and if you forget to save your work when you close the worksheet, you will have lost everything.

Is there an autosave tool for excel 2003? (not autorecovery)
gerdami    08 Dec 2011, 16:19
I use Autosafe by MVP Jan Karel Pieterse:
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abid    24 Nov 2011, 12:22
thanx it is very much help full for me
 
 

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