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I just checked. I have my auto-save set for 10 minutes.

I know that when I are hard at work doing long documents from notes, or outline, I tend to set it for 5 minutes since a lot of the document is "off the cuff" from a small amount of text in cryptic notes and/or outline of the document.  It is easier, I find with a lower auto save time.

Believe me, it came in handy for several documents on a desktop when we lost power - car hit electric pole or such - and I would have lost a lot of work.  Now I do that stuff on a laptop, but I still want the auto save.

On 02/23/2018 12:21 PM, Tom Davies wrote:
Hi :)
Yeh, 10mins is waaay too often for me.  I think psychologists ht suggest
20-40mins but i would go for around an hour.
Regards from
a Tom :)

On 23 February 2018 at 17:14, zahra a <> wrote:

for changing autoSave:
open tools, options, load-save, general and active or deactivate
Save AutoRecovery information every:
newer versions of libreoffice by default, save the informations every
ten minutes and you can change the number of saving.

On 2/23/18, Tom Davies <> wrote:
Hi :)
If you do try turning the auto-save off then you really need to get into
the habit of doing your own saves quite frequently.

I tend to find that creating a document originally takes me a fair while
but if i lose it then it takes me a LOT less time 2nd time around.  When
first trying to write something down i wrestle with all sorts of
about grammar, layout, formatting and how to express my thoughts.  If i
lose even a significant chunk of work i can usually re-create it very
quickly 2nd time around because i tend to find those decisions are still
lurking around somewhere so i can just get on with the typing.

Regards from
a Tom :)

On 18 February 2018 at 03:04, Steve Edmonds <>

It is an interesting discussion.
A while back auto-save was losing my images from the document, now that
seems well and fixed.
I have a UPS with 15 mins. or more reserve to give me plenty of time to
save when the beeping starts, and LO seems so stable now, my multiple
documents can sit open for a week or more and I cannot remember the last
crash/hangup. I almost wonder if I can turn auto-save off.

On 18/02/18 07:29, Girvin Herr wrote:

My beef with autosave is that it seems to start saving just as I start
typing and it does not save my keystrokes while it is saving and I
notice it is saving. I end up after the autosave, having to evaluate
keystrokes worked and what didn't, and redoing the keystrokes that got
ignored. I still find the autosave benefits outweigh these
though, so I have it enabled all the time.

Girvin Herr

On 02/17/2018 04:52 AM, Tom Davies wrote:

Hi :)
+1 to all points there!  I hadn't thought through my suggestions!

The autosave thing is something that annoys me more than it helps.  I
like my machine putting me on hold when it suddenly decides it needs
something.  I tend to switch features like this off where I can and
just try to make sure I do my own saving and backups on my schedule
than on the machine's.

Regards from
a Tom :)

On 17 Feb 2018 10:05, "Peter Hillier-Brook" <>
On 17/02/18 09:17, Tom Davies wrote:
Hi :)
I'm not sure how to open as read-only myself but i'd guess a
either per file or on a group of selected files prolly has
Select "Open File" within Libre Office: in the dialogue box, in the
lower left hand corner is a clue and yes, it does function with
selected files.

I think chmod might help change which user "owns" the files - or put
on a volume/drive/folder that is mounted read-only - but that all
seems a
bit extreme.

It's more than a bit extreme, but changing the permissions on the
reference files would work, with possible side-effects. i.e. Libre
Office would probably try to auto-save and might regularly bleat
its inability to do so.

You could change the time-delay or completely eliminate the auto-save
feature.  Such options used to be in;
Tools - Options - ...
or something like that and prolly still are.

Not a good idea if one wanted to auto-save the "live" document,
depress F1 and search for "auto" in Help.

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