How to change the Save AutoRecover information time limit in Word 2013

The AutoSave or AutoRecover feature in Microsoft Word is a very handy feature as it saves your file automatically on a periodic basis. If required, you can set how frequently files are saved. For instance, if you set AutoSave to save every 5 minutes, you may recover more information in the event of data loss than if it’s set to save every 10 or 15 minutes. By default, AutoRecover saves Office files every 10 minutes. However, changing the time interval is easy.

Change AutoRecover time in Word

AutoRecover or AutoSave does not replace the Save command. AutoRecover is only effective for unplanned disruptions, such as a power outage or a crash. AutoRecover files are not designed to be saved when a logoff is scheduled or an orderly shutdown occurs.

If you are currently completing a post, click the ‘File’ tab. From the ‘File’ section showing up select ‘Options’. Next, under ‘Word Options’ dialog box’s menu list, choose ‘Save’.

Scroll-down until you find ‘Save documents’ section. There, ‘Save AutoRecover information every…‘ option should be visible to you.

Change AutoRecover time in Word

You will find by default the ‘Save AutoRecover information every…‘ check box is checked. Uncheck the option in case you want to disable AutoRecovery and you do not want Word to automatically save your documents to a preset time. But if you want to change the time interval, just use the Up-Down arrows to chage the default time and set the new time limit.

Change AutoRecover file location in Word

By default, the AutoRecover .files are saved in C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Word\ location. But if you wish, you can change it too, here.

Click OK to save all the changes made.

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