Set AutoRecover Time

AutoRecover is the Microsoft feature which saves a copy of your work on a regular basis while you work on your projects. If you experience a power failure or your computer freezes, your document should "automatically recover" the last saved copy.

To help ensure that important projects are updated more frequently, you can change the AutoRecover time from 10 minutes to every 5 minutes or so. You don't want to auto-save much more frequently than that, because the auto-save process takes a few seconds each time it saves, and you cannot edit your document during that time.


The AutoRecover feature should not keep you from saving your own work manually. AutoRecover saves a copy of your work (it does not update your original document) and sometimes it is unable to recover your recent changes.

To access the saved version of your file created by AutoRecover, you must navigate to the location where Office saves the file. To view the AutoRecover save location, please follow the steps below for the version of Office you are using. The document path is located in the "Save" options. For more information, please see the "Document Location with AutoRecover" help page.

To change the AutoRecover time in Office 2010:

  1. Open your Microsoft program (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.).
  2. Click "File" > "Options." The "Word Options" dialogue box will open
  3. Click "Save." Under "Save documents" is the "Save AutoRecover information every" option.
  4. Make sure the option is checked. Enter "5" minutes, or whatever time you prefer.
  5. Click "OK."

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