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    Backup path (Word 2002 SP3)

    Can anyone tell me if it is possible to have Word create backup files not in the same folder as the original, but in a different fold.
    I want to store backups systematically on CD, but cannot see how to select or modify the path used by Word when instructed to create and store backups.

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    Re: Backup path (Word 2002 SP3)

    Apart from a registry tweak (and I don't know where that might be), I don't think there is any way to change the directory. Be advised, however, that what is backed up is the Previous version of your file. Backup is a misnomer in this case. As an example, you open Doc1, make changes and save. The "saved" version is the most recent Doc1 (with any changes) and the "backup" is the version of Doc1 that you originally opened (without any changes). See this Word MVP article .
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    Re: Backup path (Word 2002 SP3)

    There is no way to do so.
    Nor would you want to because then Word would have no way to distinguish among identically named files from different directories.

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    Re: Backup path (Word 2002 SP3)

    You might search the Software Forum for Karen's Replicator. I haven't used it, but from it's description, I think it will do what you want.

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    Re: Backup path (Word 2002 SP3)

    Thanks for the reference to Karen's Replicator. Just downloaded it and tried it out. With the customizations and scheduling available (and the very small amout of resources used), I'm putting it in my startup folder now. Along with a rewritable CD or DVD, this utility makes data backup a no brainer.
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    Re: Backup path (Word 2002 SP3)

    Glad you liked it, John. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Backup path (Word 2002 SP3)

    Phil,
    That looks excellent. Just downloaded the exe. Will experiment tomorrow.
    Thanks for an excellent tip.

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    Re: Backup path (Word 2002 SP3)

    Can the Replicator back up open files? Even Windows ("DOS") sometimes refuses to copy open files. I posted a macro for someone once that generated a new file for every save. That code could be modified to then copy the previous version to another folder. However, they would multiply rapidly if you were quick on the Ctrl+S trigger.

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    Re: Backup path (Word 2002 SP3)

    Actually, Replicator isn't triggered while performing a save. Rather it is a scheduled task.
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