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Disable AutoRecover for Active Workbook

Summary: Turn off the AutoRecover feature in Microsoft Excel 2003 if you find it annoying and not useful.

If you forget to save your document regularly and a disaster (software crash, computer crash, etc.) causes Microsoft Excel 2003 to close, AutoRecover saves a copy of your spreadsheet every few minutes so that when you restart the software you can recover some of your changes.

However, when AutoRecover operates, it prevents spreadsheet modification for a few seconds while a temporary document is written to disk. If you save your documents often and don't want this automatic recovery option to occur, you can completely disable AutoRecover on a workbook-by-workbook basis.

1. Click "Tools" - "Options".
2. When the "Options" multi-tabbed dialog box appears, click the "Save" tab.
3. Underneath "Workbook options", check "Disable AutoRecover".
4. Click "OK" to close the dialog box.

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Last Modified on: July 13, 2008, at 3:23 P.M. EDT

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