How to Save AutoRecovers in Office 2013 - dummies

How to Save AutoRecovers in Office 2013

By Faithe Wempen

Before you work in Office 2013, you need to understand that computers lock up occasionally, and applications sometimes crash in the middle of important projects. When that happens, any work that you haven’t saved is gone.

To minimize the pain of those situations, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint all have an AutoRecover feature that silently saves your drafts as you work, once every ten minutes or at some other interval you specify. These drafts are saved in temporary hidden files that are deleted when you close the application successfully (that is, not abruptly due to a lockup, crash, or power outage).

If the application crashes, those temporary saved files appear for your perusal when the program starts back up. You can choose to do either of the following:

  • Save them if their versions are newer than the ones you have on your hard drive.

  • Discard them if they contain nothing you need.

Here is an example of how to recover lost work from Word.

  1. In Word, choose File→Options.

    The Word Options dialog box opens.

  2. Click the Save category on the left.

  3. Make sure that the Save AutoRecover Information Every XX Minutes check box is selected.

  4. If desired, change the value in the Minutes box to another number.

    For example, to save every 5 minutes, type 5 there, as shown in this figure.


  5. Click OK.