OneDrive won’t autosave: A complete troubleshooting guide

When editing an office document such as a Word, Excel or OneNote file, you’ve likely noticed your progress is automatically saved whenever edits to the file are detected and changed; For others, automatic saving does not occur. If you are amongst the unfortunate few unable to reap the benefits of automatic saving, this post is likely ideal for you. 

Cause Fix 
Autosave is not enabled for the file Manually enable autosave for the file 
Collaboration is not enabled for this file Enable collaboration for the file 

Within this post, we’ll cover by which means you can enable autosaving for an Office document and how you can enable collaborative functions for a file. As per usual, we kindly request you follow along. 

Quick links: 

Manually enabling autosave for a OneDrive file 

Step 1 – Open the file you’d like to use autosave with 

  • In this example we’ll be using a file from the Word online application. However, you should be able to follow along with other Office 365 files. 

Step 2 – Navigate to the File tab 

  • From the navigation bar at the top of the window, select the File tab to proceed. It will open up a new menu within the page. 

Step 3 – Access the Save as page 

  • From the left side panel, search for and select Save as. Doing so will alter the attached page’s content so that you may begin saving. 

Step 4 – Select Save as 

  • From the attached page, select Save as. You will be met with a pop-out prompt. 

Step 4 – Name and save your file 

  • Using the pop-out prompt, enter a name for your file and select Save. Afterwards, attempt to make a change to the file, such as adding a full stop, or capitalizing a letter. Check to see if the change is saved. 

Enabling collaboration for a OneDrive file 

Step 1 – Access OneDrive settings via the taskbar icon 

  • To access your OneDrive settings, right click the OneDrive icon from your taskbar (it will look like a blue cloud). Continue by selecting Settings from the created menu.
    • If you are using a OneDrive personal account, the steps remain the same, with a minor difference. You will instead click a grey/white cloud. 

Step 2 – Enable syncing from the Office tab 

  • Navigate to the Office tab by left clicking on it. Proceed by checking the Use Office applications to sync Office files that I open box. 

Step 3 – Ensure the change worked 

  • Attempt to make a change to the file, such as adding a full stop, or capitalizing a letter. Check to see if the change is saved.
    • Be sure to do this within an Office application. 
  • After making a change, re-open the file and see if it was saved 

End note 


OneDrive can automatically disable saving due to a file being too large, or even due to being created in SharePoint- forcing us to manually enable autosaving, by performing the initial save ourselves. In some cases, however, syncing may be disabled due to Office syncing not being enabled. This prevents us from using autosaving for the Office online applications. 


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