How to Automatically Save a Word 2003 Document

Part of the Word 2003 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Use the Word 2003 AutoRecover feature to ensure that you always have a saved copy of your documents. AutoRecover secretly saves your document every few minutes or so, without your having to do anything. That way, if a power outage or other mishap occurs and you forgot to press Ctrl+S, you can get some of your document back. Everyone should use this handy feature.

To turn on AutoRecover, follow these steps:

  1. Choose Tools→Options.

  2. Click the Save tab.

  3. Ensure that the Save AutoRecover check box is selected.

    The check box is named Save AutoRecover Info Every. It's in the middle of the dialog box.

  4. Type your desired backup interval in the Minutes text box.

    For example, the number 10 directs Word to back up your documents every 10 minutes. If the power is unstable at your home or office, type 5, 3, 2, or even 1 minute as the backup interval. The smaller the interval, the more often Word interrupts your work to do the backup.

  5. Click OK.

Even though Word has the AutoRevover option, don't get sloppy! It's still best to save with Ctrl+S or the Save button on the toolbar as often as you can.

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