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.
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
Step 3. Pick
Step 4. Switch to the
Step 5. Under the
Step 6. Pick the
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
Step 4. Choose
Step 5. Pick
Step 6. Hit
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
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 1. Open Registry Editor.
Step 2. Browse to the following key in the left sidebar of Registry Editor:-
Step 3. Right-click on the
Step 4. Name the new key as the
Step 5. Right-click on the
Step 6. Name the new key as
Step 7. Right-click on the
Step 8. Name the newly created REG_DWORD as
Step 9. Double-click on the
- 0: To disable background saves.
- 1: To enable background saves.
Step 10. Click
Step 11. Restart your computer to apply the changes.
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