How to Increase the Auto-Save Frequency in Word 2013

Occasionally Word 2013 may crash, your computer may turn off, or you mighty accidentally close a file without saving it. This can be a nightmare if you haven’t saved your work in a while, and can not only waste a lot of time as you recreate your work, but it can also be rather demoralizing.

Fortunately Word 2013 has an autosave feature that will automatically save your progress after a certain number of minutes have passed. But if you feel that these saves aren’t occurring often enough, you might be looking for a way to increase the autosave frequency in Word 2013. Our tutorial will show you where to find and adjust this setting.


How to AutoSave More Often in Word 2013

The steps in this article were performed in Microsoft Word 2013, but will also work in other versions of Word, such as Word 2010 and Word 2016. You will be able to specify how often you want Word to automatically save the documents that you are currently working on. Note that this can affect the performance of Word if you have configured it to save very often, and if the file that you are working on is very large in size.

Step 1: Open Microsoft Word 2013.


Step 2: Click the File tab at the top-left of the window.

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Step 3: Click the Options button at the bottom of the column on the left side of the window.

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Step 3: select the Save tab.

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Step 4: Change the value in the Save AutoRecover information every field with the number of minutes that you want Word to wait before automatically saving your information. Click the OK button at the bottom of the window to apply your changes.

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Note that you can specify the location that Word uses for the versions of the file that it autosaves, as well as whether or not Word saves the last autosaved version if you close the file without saving it.


Do you often need to share your Word documents in different file formats? Find out how to save as a PDF in Word 2013 if you find that you are using other means for creating PDF files and are looking for a more convenient option.