FIX: This document could not be autosaved on Mac

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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This document could not be autosaved Mac

Many users have reported This document could not be autosaved error on their Mac. This can be an annoying issue, but in this article we’re going to show you how to fix it once and for all.

How can I fix This document could not be autosaved error?

1. Duplicate the keynote and save the copy

If you’re getting This document could not be autosaved error, try duplicating the keynote and save the copy. This is just a workaround, but several users reported that it works, so be sure to try it out.


2. Check for corrupted files

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Sometimes, This document could not be autosaved message will appear if your file is corrupted. Few users reported that one of the tabs in Numbers was corrupted and that caused the problem.

One way to fix this is to copy all uncorrupted data from that file to a new one and save it. Bear in mind that corrupted data won’t be saved by this process.

If you’re using Pages, you can choose the Duplicate option and check if that solves the issue.


3. Clear Open Recent menu in Pages

It seems that This document could not be autosaved message appears due to certain permission issues. However, users managed to fix this problem simply by clearing the Open Recent menu in Pages. After doing that, the issue was completely resolved.


4. Paste data to a different application

You might be able to fix This document could not be autosaved error by using this little workaround. You just need to follow these steps:

  1. Open Numbers and choose Merge all
  2. Now copy the section of the spreadsheet that won’t save and paste it to Numbers.
  3. Quit the Pages document. Now open it again.
  4. Paste the data from Numbers back to Pages document and save it.

This is a workaround, but several users reported that it worked for them, so be sure to try it.

There you go, these are the several methods that you can try if you ever encounter This document could not be autosaved error on your Mac.

If you have any other questions or suggestions, leave them in the comments section below and we’ll be sure to check them out.