AutoRecover in Microsoft Word

Let Microsoft Word save your files in case Word has to close down or your system crashes.


Microsoft Word has a built-in feature called AutoRecover that automatically saves a document during an unexpected disruption such as when a computer crashes or the power goes out. However, this feature is not meant to replace the Save command. You still need to use the Save command to save your work periodically and when you have completed it.

Word saves your files temporarily every nine or ten minutes, depending on which version you have. Setting that to a lower time is beneficial so that more current information is saved if your system needs to use AutoRecover.

To do this, just follow these steps:

    1. First, click on Tools. You can find the Tools button in the menu bar.
    2. Then click on Options.
    3. After that, click on the Save tab.
    4. Make sure the check box beside “Save AutoRecover info every:” is checked.
    5. Then use the buttons beside the number you see to make the number lower. You can also type in a number.
    Note: You cannot set it to a number lower than one. If you do that, the check box will “uncheck” itself.
    6. Just click on OK, and you are all set.

Note: Every time Word saves a file you might notice that you will not be able to type if you do not have lots of RAM.

This article applies to Microsoft Word 97 and above.

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