What you’re seeing is Word’s AutoRecover feature automatically saving a backup version of the document in case Word, Windows, or your computer crashes. When you restart Word after a crash, it automatically opens the latest AutoRecover documents so that you can choose which to recover. If you close a document normally, Word deletes its AutoRecover document.
Word saves AutoRecover documents using the name AutoRecovery save of
.asd. For example, the AutoRecover document for a file called
fast-tutorials.docx would be named AutoRecovery save of
fast-tutorials.asd. Word saves AutoRecover documents in the folder specified in
File tab > Options > Save > AutoRecover file location: .
If you tend to forget to save your documents, make sure the
"Save AutoRecover information every __ minutes” box is checked and set a suitable length of time in the Minutes drop-down list. The default is
10 minutes, which is fine if you’re poking at a document. If you’re typing 100 words per minute, shorten the interval.
For small workbooks, a shorter AutoRecover interval is better. However, for large workbooks, saving the AutoRecover data can take Excel a noticeable amount of time, so a very short interval can slow you down. Try a
5 minute interval as a compromise.
If you’ve lost work in Word documents to crashes, chances are you now save the active document whenever you’ve made any changes to it that you want to keep by pressing
Ctrl+S at the end of each change. In this case, AutoRecover offers little benefit. To turn it off, choose
File tab > Options, click the
Save tab, and uncheck the “
Save AutoRecover info every __ minutes” box. See following figure: