How to Enable or Disable Background Saves in Word?

Usually, Microsoft Word automatically saves your document’s changes in the background, which lets you restore the file in case of power failure. Though, your computer uses extra RAM to make this feature work. If you do not need to allocate more resources to allow Microsoft Word to save the changes in the background, you can disable Background Saves. You can turn off the background saved in MS Word using the Word Options panel, Local Group Policy Editor, or Registry Editor.

If you enable the Background Saves feature in Word, Microsoft Word automatically saves a soft copy of the document on your disk as you continue to write. It helps you restore the file or revert a change in case of power failure.

This risewindows article will guide you on enabling and disabling Word Background Saves on Windows 11 and 10 using three different methods.

How to Turn On or Off Background Saves in Word using Word Options Panel?

Do these steps to turn on or off background saves in Word using the Word Options panel:-

Step 1. Open a Microsoft Word Document.

Step 2. Pick the File menu.

Step 3. Pick Options in the left sidebar.

Step 4. Switch to the Advanced tab in the left sidebar.

Step 5. Under the Save section, check or uncheck the option Allow background saves to enable or disable the setting.

Step 6. Pick the OK button.

How to Enable or Disable Background Saves in Word through Local Group Policy Editor?

Do these steps to turn on or off background saves in MS Word via Group Policy:-

Step 1. Open Local Group Policy Editor.

Step 2. Browse to the following path in the left sidebar of the Local Group Policy Editor window:-

User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Microsoft Word 2016 > Word Options > Advanced

Step 3. Double-click on the policy name Allow background saves on the right side of the “Advanced” folder.

Step 4. Choose Enabled.

Step 5. Pick Apply.

Step 6. Hit OK.

Step 7. At last, reboot your computer to apply the changes.

If you like to disable this setting in the future, repeat the above steps, and in step 4, choose the Not Configured option.

How to Turn On or Off Background Saves in Word via Registry Editor?

Do these steps to turn on or off background saves in Word through Windows 11 or 10 Registry Editor:-

Step 1Open Registry Editor.

Step 2. Browse to the following key in the left sidebar of Registry Editor:-

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\office\16.0


Step 3. Right-click on the 16.0 folder to select New > Key.

Step 4. Name the new key as the word.

Step 5. Right-click on the word folder to select New > Key.

Step 6. Name the new key as options.

Step 7. Right-click on the options folder and choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Step 8. Name the newly created REG_DWORD as backgroundsave.

Step 9. Double-click on the backgroundsave REG_DWORD and set its “Value data” to the following:-

  • 0: To disable background saves.
  • 1: To enable background saves.

Step 10. Click OK.

Step 11. Restart your computer to apply the changes.

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