Document.AutoSaveOn property (Word)

True if the edits in the document are automatically saved. Read/write Boolean.



expression A variable that represents a Document object.


When a new document is created, the default value for the AutoSaveOn property is False, the property is disabled, and the user's changes will need to be saved manually. However, if the document is hosted on the cloud (that is, OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, or SharePoint Online), then the AutoSaveOn property defaults to True and the edits in the specified document are automatically saved. If a cloud-hosted document is shared with other users, then their changes will also be automatically merged into the user's local copy when AutoSaveOn is True.

Table 1 AutoSaveOn behavior

AutoSaveOn Toggle State Set AutoSaveOn to True Set AutoSaveOn to False
AutoSaveOn == True No-op AutoSaveOn turned off
AutoSaveOn == False AutoSaveOn turned on No-op
Disabled Error Error


This example notifies you whether the document is set to be automatically saved or not.

Sub UseAutoSaveOn()
    MsgBox "This document is being saved automatically: " & ActiveDocument.AutoSaveOn
End Sub

See also


Document Object