Auto save not working .

An "update" just deleted 12 hours of work on a powerpoint presentation. Nothing in autosave destination folder and I see that autosave is default to off and when I put mouse over it I get "file location doesn't support AutoSave. Save to OneDrive or SharePoint Online if you want to use AutoSave".

How wonderful there was no notification of this when I set up office and am I actually being forced to save my files in a cloud(which I don't want to) and no option to save on my own computer?

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That is correct, the new autosave feature only works with OneDrive (Personal or Business). That is the way it is designed. MS is all about uploading our data to the cloud. You can still save to local drive, but it is all manual. Like it always has been. I don't know about PPT, but in Word and Excel I have seen macros that can do real timed autosave(as). 2017 09 00- WHAT IS AUTOSAVE? (ON QAT) 2016/365 https://support.office.com/en-us/article/What-is-AutoSave-6d6bd723-ebfd-4e40-b5f6-ae6e8088f7a5 in September 2017 MS started rolling out a new Autosave feature. If the file is saved to OneDrive AND the feature is turned on Word will autosave to onedrive every few seconds. So now it works the same way as using the Online applications to edit files in OneDrive. If you want to keep the original unchanged, you will have to do a SAVE A COPY (Save As is no longer displayed) at the start of your session otherwise the system will save changes as you type. Note: the article says the feature is in PPT and Excel and is limited to Office 365, but I do have it in PPT only in my one-time-payment license of Office 2016. 2017 09 13- FOUR METHODS FOR WORKING AROUND OFFICE 365’S AUTOSAVE FEATURE http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/microsoft-office/four-methods-for-working-around-the-autosave-feature-in-office-365/ Microsoft has added an AutoSave feature to documents using OneDrive, but there is no way to turn it off. Users must resort to workarounds when AutoSave causes problems.
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Try following - 1. Open Powerpoint 2. File > Options > Save > Note the path against AutoRecove File Location. 3. Navigate to that path and see whether you have the file there or not. Also right click on your PPT icon and see whether this is listed as Recent file or not.

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Rohn,

I remember how well you did on the idiotic quick access button issue.  Can you jump in and do something useful for this?  I want to save locally.  I am often in China, where wifi is downright balky, and the cloud is not a reliable option.  I have 50mb ppts that would take an hour on Sharepoint. 

 Why the heck did mother MS disable the local drive option?  It is still there in the options/save tab, like that does anyone any good. Is it because our machines have cooties or something?  

This is inexcusable.  We pay for a product, and we don't want to lose what we paid for, and be told how to use it.  Especially when the new MS how is not even practical. 

I detest MS developers.  Not a single one has any care for the users.  You are the exception that proves that rule.  Hopefully you can come through again. 

Bill

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Bill,

The AutoSave option is only enabled if you're working on a file that's stored in the cloud.

I understand why some people might want to save to the cloud but personally, I don't care for the whole idea, so don't use it.

It's possible that a file opened from the cloud can only be saved back TO the cloud.  I haven't tried it, so don't really know because [see above].  If you're opening files from the cloud, try downloading them to your desktop instead and opening them from there.

For locally opened files, I can save to the desktop or (if my better instincts desert me) to the cloud.  Either way, the Save As dialog is enough to make grown men, women and small children cry. 

Instead, press Ctrl + S to get a more normal and less treacherous Save As dialog box.

If that doesn't work for you, it may be that your IT department has created policy settings that force you to save to the cloud.  If this is your own personal PC, I guess we'll have to let IT off the hook.

PowerPoint Help:
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PPTools:
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Steve,

FWIW, I still have the saveas button functional, and I can save everything locally with no problem.  I append a revision date suffix to filename to keep track of versions when sharing with others who can be on the other side of the world.  So my beef is all on the autosave functionality lost for files kept locally.  That also offered the option to save the last edit of a file if I close without saving by mistake. I have many gigabytes of data that just wont fit in the cloud. Let's see what IT says. 

Bill

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There's never been an autosave feature in PPT until just recently, and that only applies when you're working on files in the cloud.

There's always (for the last several versions, anyway) been an AutoRecover feature; people frequently get the idea that this is an AutoSave feature but it's not.  It kicks in to save your data if and only if PPT detects that it's about to crash.

But the other feature you mention, PPT offering to save a file if you try to close w/o having first saved the file since the last change ... that's still there (though perhaps not for files in the cloud).  Is it not doing that for you when you've saved files locally?

It may be IT, or it may be an add-in that's forcing you to work the way IT (the add-in, not the people) want you to.

PowerPoint Help:
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Learn something new every day.  Excel spoiled me by having the option to autosave wherever I wanted.  Plus save edited files if not saved.  AutoCAD has been doing that for decades.  I would go through and clean that directory out periodically.   That is now inoperative.  Again, I just dont use the cloud, whether ppt, excel or word.  I like controlling my files, and having access to them regardless of internet connection, or lack thereof.  The rest of the planet is not as well wired as the US.  Mother MS should realize that.  Especially after having made these options available in the first place. 

Two steps forward, three steps back.  Your friendly neighborhood monopoly.  

But thanks anyway. 

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