Change AutoRecover Interval in 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 can be a lifesaver if disaster strikes and you lose the document you were working on.

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 the Office Button.

  • Click the Word Options button.

  • In the left pane, select Save.


  • In the right pane, under Save documents, make sure the Save AutoRecover information checkbox is checked. Change the number of minutes to the desired value.

  • Click OK.


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.