How to Make Word always Create a Backup Copy of a Document?

Usually, Microsoft Word deletes the old file when a new version of the file is written on the disk. It is possible in the Microsoft Word program if you always need to make a backup copy of a Word document. You can enable or disable always making a backup copy of a Word document by the Word Options panel, Local Group Policy Editor, or Registry Editor.

In this risewindows article, we will guide you on making Word always create a backup copy of a document.

How to Turn On or Off Make Word always Create a Backup Copy of a Document using the Word Options Panel?

Do these steps to turn on or off make word; always create a backup copy of a document using the Word Options panel:-

Step 1. Open a Microsoft Word Document.

Step 2. Pick the File menu.

File-tab-in-MS-Word (3)Step 3. Choose Options in the left sidebar.

MS-Word-Options (3)Step 4. Switch to the Advanced tab.

Word-Options-Advanced (3)Step 5. Under the Save section, check or uncheck the option Always create a backup copy to enable or disable the setting.

Word-Options-1-1536x1259Step 6. Pick the OK button.

How to Enable or Disable Always Create Backup Copy in Word through Local Group Policy Editor?

Do these steps to turn on or off, and always create a backup copy in MS Word via Group Policy:-

Step 1. Open Local Group Policy Editor on Windows 11 or 10 machines.

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

Local-Group-Policy-Editor-Advanced-2Step 3. Double-click on the policy name Always creates a backup copy on the right side of the “Advanced” folder.

Always-create-backup-copyStep 4. Pick Enabled button.

Step 5. Hit Apply button.

Step 6. Press OK button.

Step 7. Reboot your computer to apply the changes.

If you want to disable this setting in the future, repeat the above steps, and in step 4, pick the Not Configured or Disabled option.

How to Turn On or Off Always Create Backup Copy in Word via Registry Editor?

Do these steps to enable or disable, and always create a backup copy in Word through Windows 11 or 10 Registry Editor:-

Step 1. Start with opening the Registry Editor.

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

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\office\16.0

Registry-Editor-16.0 (3)Step 3. Right-click on the 16.0 folder to choose New > Key.

New-Key-on-16.0 (3)Step 4. Name the new key as the word.

Registry-Editor-word (3)Step 5. Right-click on the word folder to choose New > Key.

Step 6. Name the new key as options.

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

New-DWORD-on-options-key (2)Step 8. Name the newly created REG_DWORD as backupduringsave.

Registry-Editor-backupduringsave-1536x1194Step 9. Double-click on the backgroundsave REG_DWORD and set its “Value data” to the following:-

  • 0: To disable automatic backup copy in Word.
  • 1: To enable automatic backup copy in Word.

Step 10. Hit OK button.

Step 11. Reboot your computer to apply the changes.

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