Power Managemet & Auto Save

The new power management program has raised concerns that documents left open on a computer will be lost when the computer is shut down. As a general rule, you should save and close your documents before leaving for the day, and you should save your documents periodically while editing. However, there is a feature in you Microsoft Office products that gives you added protection just in case. This feature is called AutoSave.

AutoSave is a feature in many software applications that will automatically save the document you are working on in case the computer freezes or the power goes out. The Microsoft Office programs that we use at the County, such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint, have this feature. By default, these programs will autosave your documents every 10 minutes if changes have been made to the file.  This time can be adjusted to a shorter timeframe if you would like by performing the following steps:

  1. In the Microsoft application (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), click on the File Tab.
  2. Click on “Options.”
  3. Click on “Save.”
  4. Make sure the box in front of “Save AutoRecover information every 10 minutes is checked
  5. Adjust the number of minutes as desired.
  6. Click OK.

This will save the time setting for all documents that you work on in that application. You will need to perform the same steps in the other Microsoft Office applications that you use.  For an on-screen tutorial demonstrating how to adjust the Auto Recover settings, see the Ottawa County Front Page News.

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