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How to Use AutoRecover to Automatically Save and Recover Word Documents

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Written by Uday Kumar

n Microsoft Word, a backup will be created automatically when you save it. Latest auto-recover feature in Microsoft word will save the document automatically at regular intervals of time and also helps you to recover the lost changes. Most of us sometimes might lose the changes we make in the word document and later regret not saving the document. To avoid such regrets, we will help you to enable auto recover to automatically save and recover word documents.

AutoRecover to Automatically Save and Recover Word Documents

Enable AutoRecover Feature

To use the AutoRecover feature in the word document, you need to enable the feature in Microsoft Word. Follow the below simple steps to enable it.

  1. Open the word document in your PC and click on the File tab in the top left of the application window.msword-file
  2. From the list of items on the left, click on Options.
  3. Word options dialog box will appear on the screen. Click on Save option from the list of items on the left.save-autorecover
  4.  Under Save documents section, select the “Save AutoRecover Information every” checkbox and enter the number of minutes in the edit. An auto-backup of the document will be taken automatically at the given intervals of time.
  5.  You can also change the location where you want to save these backup documents by clicking on the Browse button next to AutoRecover file location edit box.
  6. Once the documents are automatically saved, you can click on the info section under the file tab to view the list of versions of the auto-saved documents.http://technastic.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Versions-autorecover.jpg

Recover Lost Changes

Once you have enabled the auto-recover feature in the word document, it will save automatically the versions of that document. Well, let’s see how we can recover these versions to get back the lost changes.

  1. Open the word document in your PC and click on the File tab in the top left of the application window.msword-file
  2. From the list of items on the left, click on Info option.
  3. On the Info screen, the Versions section contains a list of files that were either closed without saving or automatically saved using the AutoRecover feature.
  4. Now click on the version which you want to recover. Now the unsaved file will open in read-only mode with a message on the top of the application window asking whether to compare or restore the unsaved document.
  5. Click on the compare button to view the changes. To fully recover the version file, click on the restore button.Restore-autorecover
  6. Now a dialog box will appear asking whether to overwrite the existing one with the one which you want to restore. Click on Ok button.overwrite-autorecover
  7.  Press Ctrl+S keyboard shortcut key combination to save the document.

That’s it. Now you don’t need to worry even if you lose the changes made in the word document.

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