How to Automatically Save Open Files

Bloodshot eyes, flickering grin and arched eyebrows ... what is all this anger due to? Wait, let me guess: suddenly the power went out and you lost all the work you were doing on the computer. For the umpteenth time. Quite right? So can you explain to me why you don't take advantage of the autosave functions offered by your PC?

You may not know it, but programs like Microsoft Office and LibreOffice include a function that automatically saves the work done by the user based on regular time intervals: this allows you to have a backup copy of your documents always ready and to restore the your work in the event of a crash or sudden power failure of your computer. What about other software? Don't worry, there is a solution for them too.

On Windows, for example, you can download a free program that allows you to automatically save open files in (almost) all applications, while on macOS to achieve the same result you can take advantage of a function included "standard" in the operating system. To find out more, keep reading: everything is explained below.

Automatically Save Files Opened on Windows

If you want automatically save open files on a Windows PC, you have to resort to AutoSaver: a free program that allows you to automatically save the files you are working on based on regular time intervals. It does not require installations to work and supports all programs where you can save files using the key combination Ctrl + S of the PC keyboard (therefore not Microsoft Office, but LibreOffice and many other programs yes).

To download AutoSaver, connected to its official website and click on the button Download AutoSaver. A download complete, apri il ZIP package which contains AutoSaver, extract the contents to any folder and run the executable AutoSaver.exe. A blue floppy disk icon will appear in the system notification area, next to the Windows clock: click on it to access the configuration screen. AutoSaver.

In the window that opens, you can use the adjustment bar located under the item Save Interval to set the time interval after which the program must launch the automatic saving of files (1 minute, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, etc.). Recommended values ​​are 1 minute e 5 Minutes, given that setting it to less risks burdening the computer's performance too much and setting it to more than five minutes still risks losing your work due to crashes or a lack of electricity.

Another very important setting is that relating to the operating mode of AutoSaver, which can work in two different ways: by placing the check mark next to the item Auto save in all apps except, you can activate automatic saving in all programs except some selected by you, while putting the check mark next to the item Auto save only in these apps, you can keep AutoSaver active only for certain programs selected by you automatically excluding all others.

To choose the programs to be included or excluded from the AutoSaver action, click on the button Add found at the bottom and select their executable file (.exe) from the folder C:/Program Files o C:/Program Files (x86). In case of second thoughts, you can remove a program added to AutoSaver by selecting it and pressing the button remove.

You can also set AutoSaver so that it starts automatically each time you log in to Windows, putting the check mark next to the item Run When Windows Starts. To save the settings and get the program into action, just click on the button x located at the top right and close its main window.

Please note: on Windows 7 and earlier, AutoSaver requires installing the .Net Framework 4.0 di Microsoft. If you are using one of the operating systems in question, connect to this web page and click on the button first Download and then No thanks. When the download is complete, open the file you just downloaded ( dotNetFx40_Full_x86_x64.exe), check the option I have read and accept the license conditions and finish the setup by clicking on first Install and then end.

Automatically Save Files Opened on MacOS

Starting with version 10.7 (Lion), MacOS includes a function that automatically saves files opened in Preview, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, TextEdit and all other applications that support it. The saving occurs as soon as the user takes a break or, if he continues to work incessantly on the same file, every five minutes. It also automatically saves all changes made to a file when it is closed

The function is active by default but, in some cases, it can be limited by a setting in the System Preferences: the one that allows you to disable the automatic saving of a file when the program in use is closed.

To make sure the setting in question is disabled, open System preference (the gear icon located on the Dock bar) and select the icon General from the window that opens. So find the option Ask to save changes when closing documents and, if present, remove the check mark from it.

Automatically Save Files Opened in Office

Come già accennato in opening of the post, Word, Excel, Power point and all other programs included in the package Office Microsoft's include a feature for automatically saving files opened in them. To make sure that this is enabled and to set the time interval within which the automatic data saving must take place, follow the instructions below.

If you use a Windows PC, open any program included in the Office package (eg. Word) and start creating a new document (or open an existing file). Then click the button Fillet located at the top left, go up options and select the item Rescue from the left sidebar. At this point, make sure the option Save autosave information every is checked (if not, select it yourself) and set the number of minutes after which the program must automatically save the work progress made by the user. To save the changes, click on the button OK.

If you are using a Mac, you can adjust the settings related to automatic saving of files by opening any program included in Microsoft Office (eg. Word, Excel o Power point) and going to the menu [Program name]> Preferences which is located at the top left.

In the window that opens, select the icon Save, metti il ​​segno di spunta accanto alle voci Allow background saving e Save autosave information and set the number of minutes after which the software must automatically save the files using the field Save each.

Then close the Preferences window and the settings related to automatic saving of documents will be applied in all programs of the Office suite.

Automatically Save Files Opened in LibreOffice

Also LibreOffice, the well-known free and open source alternative to Microsoft Office, includes an automatic file saving function. To use it, just access the suite settings, put the check mark next to a specific option and specify the time interval within which the user's work must be saved. Now I'll explain it better.

If you use a PC Windowsavvia LibreOffice looking for the latter in the menu Start (the one that appears by clicking on the flag located in the lower left corner of the screen) and selecting its icon from the search results.

In the window that opens, go to the menu Means located at the top and select the item options from the latter. Then expand the entry Load / Save present in the left sidebar, go to General and metti il ​​segno di spunta accanto alla voce Save auto reset information every. Finally, specify the number of minutes after which the files must be automatically saved in the adjacent text field and presses the button OK to save the settings.

If you use a Poppy, the procedure you need to follow is very similar. Then start LibreOffice using its icon in the Applications, go to the menu LibreOffice che si trova in alto a sinistra e seleciona la voce Pref Renze da quest'ultimo.

In the window that opens, expand the entry Load / Save located in the left sidebar, go up General and metti il ​​segno di spunta accanto alla voce Save auto reset information every.

Therefore, specify the number of minutes after which the work must be automatically saved (using the appropriate text field) and click on the button OK per salvare i Cambiomenti.