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Article ID: 170406 - Last Review: October 7, 2013 - Revision: 1.0

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The Allow fast saves option allows Word 97 to save documents quickly by appending changes to the end of a file on the hard disk instead of rewriting the entire file during a save operation. Since a Background Save option has been added to Word 97, the Allow fast saves option is no longer necessary, because the save operation occurs in the background.


To turn on or off the Allow fast saves option, follow these steps:
  1. On the Tools menu, click Options.
  2. Click the Save tab.
  3. Click to select or clear the Allow fast saves check box.
  4. Click OK.
The change you make to the Allow fast saves option remains in effect until you change it again.


For more information about fast saves, please see the following articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
111277  ( ) WD: Change in Document File Size Is More or Less Than Expected

89247  ( ) WD97: How Word for Windows Uses Temporary Files
For more information about fast saves, click the Office Assistant, type "fastsave," click Search, and then click one of the topics.

NOTE: If the Assistant is hidden, click the Office Assistant button on the Standard toolbar. If Word Help is not installed on your computer, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
120802  ( ) Office: How to Add/Remove a Single Office Program or Component

  • Microsoft Word 97 Service Pack 1
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