Turn OFF the AutoSave Feature in Excel

Last Updated: June 01, 2023

- Written by Puneet

AutoSave is a new feature that Microsoft introduces in all Office Applications, including Excel. This work with OneDrive and SharePoint to auto-save your files at intervals. So, there’s always a back of the file.


And if you want to turn it off, you can do this.

Turn OFF AutoSave from Excel Options

  1. First, go to the File Tab and then Options to open the Excel Options.
  2. After that, click on the Save tab from the right side.
  3. Under the “Save Workbooks” heading, untick the “AutoSave files stored in the Cloud by default in Excel”.
  4. In the end, click OK to save the settings.

Once you save these settings, Excel will stop turning AutoSave “On” for the new file you are saving in OneDrive.

But the files saved in the OneDrive before this setting will still have AutoSave “On” and you need to turn it off from the AutoSave button, which you have on the quick access toolbar.

Turn OFF AutoSave Without Turning it OFF!

AutoSave is a fantastic feature that helps you to save files. And I’d recommend you instead of turning it off from the Excel options, you can use the toggle button on the quick access toolbar to turn it off and on.