One way to protect yourself against losing all the work you are doing if your laptop shuts down or you accidentally close out Microsoft Word is to set up AutoSave. It can save you time and help you avoid the hassle of recovering lost work. Here are the steps to set it up.

  1. Click on the Microsoft Office button in any open Word session. 
  2. Select the "Word Options" button in the bottom of the window that appears. 
  3. Choose "Save" in the left pane. 
  4. Click on the arrow in the drop-down menu next to "Save files in this format" to select the appropriate type of document. 
  5. Place a check mark next to the "Save AutoRecover information every 10 minutes" section. 
  6. Specify how often you want Word to save your document and program state by clicking on the arrows in the minutes section. Keep in mind that anything done since the last save, if your Word shuts down, will be lost. So you might want to do shorter intervals. 
  7. Click the "OK" button to apply and save your settings.