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Change AutoRecover Interval on Office 2007

AutoRecover is a Microsoft Office feature that will keep you from losing work in the event of a system crash or power outage by automatically saving your document at certain time intervals.

You can easily change the interval when data is saved to have it save more often. This is useful if you’ve been having problems with your system recently.

We’ll be using Microsoft Word for this example, but the options exist in all of the Office applications. Just click on the Office button in the top left corner, and choose “Word Options”.

Click on Save in the left menu of the Options dialog box, making sure to check the “Save AutoRecover information” checkbox. 

Here you can choose how often you want to save autorecover information. Don’t make the interval too short, but it’s really up to you. I changed it to 2 minutes for this example. Click the OK button when you are done.

One of the things to keep in mind is that if you are working on larger documents, setting the AutoRecover to something like 1 minute might start to slow your computer down, since saving a large document in the background every minute will tax your computer.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 05/21/07

Comments (3)

  1. Derek

    Hello there,
    I am having a bit of trouble with my Office Word 2007. I recently noticed that the convenient picture styles selection window under the format tab has dissapeared and has been replaced with a shadow effect box that produces “old-style” shadows, instead of the newer, and better looking shadow effects that i’ve come to love. I cannot seem to figure out how to restore the selection window the way it was. I have been searching on-line for a way to restore Word 2007 to its defaults but have not found anything so far. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks for your help!

    - Derek

  2. nli10mt

    Word 2007 only saves the last minute of changes. To save everything you need to do it every minute. This is a wonderous new word feature, calculated to hasten the demise of microslop. – nli10mt

  3. Charlie

    I have Office 2007 installed on my Lenovo PC, I have a new Lenovo PC and want to install it on the new one. How do I deactivte the product key on the old one and activiate it on the new one?

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