How To Turn Off Autosave In Excel

Turning off autosave in Excel can be a useful skill to have, especially when working on sensitive or confidential documents. Personally, I find it frustrating when Excel automatically saves my work when I’m not ready. Let’s explore the steps to disable autosave in Excel.

Step 1: Open Excel

First, launch Microsoft Excel on your computer. Once it’s open, you can proceed to the next step.

Step 2: Open a Workbook

Open the workbook for which you want to turn off autosave. If the file is already open, you’re on the right track.

Step 3: Click on File

Next, click on the “File” tab located on the top left corner of the screen. This will open a dropdown menu with various options.

Step 4: Select Options

From the File menu, select “Options” at the bottom of the list. This will open the Excel Options dialog box.

Step 5: Access Save Options

In the Excel Options dialog box, navigate to the “Save” option on the left-hand side. This is where you can manage all the save-related settings for your Excel files.

Step 6: Disable Autosave

Now, to turn off autosave, simply uncheck the “AutoSave OneDrive and SharePoint Online files by default on Excel” option. This will disable the automatic saving feature for your Excel files. You can also adjust the autosave intervals and other settings here.

Step 7: Save Settings

Once you’ve disabled autosave, click the “OK” button at the bottom of the Excel Options dialog box to save your changes and exit the window.

Step 8: Close and Restart Excel

Close the workbook and exit Excel. It’s important to restart Excel after making changes to ensure that the autosave feature is completely disabled for your workbook.


By following these steps, you can easily turn off autosave in Excel. This can provide peace of mind when working on sensitive documents, as you have full control over when and how your work is saved. Remember, it’s always a good practice to regularly save your work manually to avoid any potential data loss.