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    Recovery options

    Hi,

    Does anybody change the Word defaults for "Always Create Backup" and "AutoSave every .. minutes"? What settings have you found to be optimal? Pros and cons for changes?

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    Re: Recovery options

    Geoff,

    I never "Always Create Backup" because I don't want to manage the deletion of zillions of .wbk (or .bak) whatever they are.

    I always "AutoSave" every 5 minutes 'cause I don't want to loose more than 5 minutes of work if Word crashes.

    Is that helpful?
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    Re: Recovery options

    I'm with Kevin

    I never use auto backups but if I am risking more than a couple of hours work or am about to delete something I may regret, I make an incremental backup and work on the next file so I end up with a zip file of several older versions and current file.

    I AutoSave every 10 minutes but I often turn this off if the file is large and takes a long time to save. It is easier for me to hit Ctrl-S when I want to think than wait for Word to save when I am running hot. I never background save either, it's too resource intensive.
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    Re: Recovery options

    I use neither. The autosave will 'Bloat' your files and leave the deleted data in the file and it can be read with the proper tools. As for backup, it makes to many copies that needs to be cleaned off of the drive.
    I think even Woody in his books will tell you to turn this stuff and others off.
    His books are great, been reading and following them since Word for Windows 2.0 and Word for DOS 5.0.

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    Re: Recovery options

    Dave,
    I think Geoff was referring to the
    "Save AutoRecover info every... minutes" feature when he wrote "AutoSave every". To my knowledge, Save AutoRecover does not bloat files, it just makes a .wbk file in the folder indicated in File Locations>AutoRecover Files location. It's "Allow Fast Saves" that bloats and sometimes corrupts files. Correct me if I'm wrong on this. Thanks.
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    Re: Recovery options

    Woody had something about the AutoRecover also, and I do NOT use it. The fast save, AutoSave are one and the same, just different version names for the same thing.
    I will try and dig out the book on this one.[img]/w3timages/icons/dragon.gif[/img]

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    Re: Recovery options

    <P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1>Edited by Phil Rabichow on 01/01/26 03:51.</FONT></P>I'm with Kevin & Andrew (sometimes it's nice to be in good company)[img]/w3timages/icons/smile.gif[/img]. I use to turn on "Always make backup" for individual files that I didn't want to lose & use 10 minutes for AutoSave.

    I stopped using the "Always make backup" because I kept forgetting to turn it off. If I'm really worried, I just press F12 (which automatically saves the old document) & just increase the document name by 1. If I get thru to the end without screwing up, I delete the inermediate versions.

    Someone mentioned a utility that saves files at will & I think I downloaded it, but can't find it now.

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    Re: Recovery options

    Hi Dave:

    My understanding is the same as Kevin's. The Save AutoRecover Info every ...minutes, does a save to the hard drive. The first temp file for AutoRecovery is named ~wrf####.tmp. The file is saved as Auto Recovery Save of filename.asd. If the power goes out, or Word crashes, the AutoRecover will recover your document, up to the last AutoSave. Of course, if you've done an actual save since then, you don't need the autorecover file.

    Fast saves are an entirely different animal, to my knowledge, where bits of each document are added to it, much as tumors.

    If you find something different in Woody's book, please let us know.

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    Re: Recovery options

    My error, in earlier versions the 'AutoRecover' was not that good, but in Woody's and Ed Bott's book "Using MS Office 2000" page 247, tip # 101 states ' DON'T dsiable AutoRecover unless you find the backup process terribly onerous......'[img]/w3timages/icons/blush.gif[/img]

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    Re: Recovery options

    Hi Phil

    I attach the following macro to a toolbar button, and just click it if I feel the need to make a backup.

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    Re: Recovery options

    Thank you, Dale. I've copied it & I'll give it a try.

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