Using the SAVE AS command in Microsoft Word does not generate warning if the file name and location are identical to the original file


When you use the Save As command on an existing document that uses the same name and location, Word overwrites it without any prompt or warning.

Consider the following scenario:

  1. Open Word 2003, 2007, or 2010
  2. Type in some text/content
  3. Save it with any name on the desktop. Example: document1.docx
  4. Make some changes to the document
  5. Click on the Office Button and then click on Save As
  6. Save the file with the same name and in the same location as you did in step 3
  7. Result: The file is saved without a warning
Saving the document with the same name and in the same location should prompt with options similar to this:



Microsoft is aware of this issue and will post new information here in the Microsoft Knowledge Base as it becomes available.  To avoid overwriting a file by accident, rename the file when using “SAVE AS” option.

Article ID: 2636935 - Last Review: Oct 26, 2011 - Revision: 1

Microsoft Office Word 2003, Microsoft Office Word 2007, Microsoft Word 2010