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Word Backup Copy

By ljackson.desoto ·
Word has an option to automatically save a backup copy, but it saves in the same folder as the original file. In Options under file locations there is not a file location to be able to modify to say this is where I want my backup copies saved, but under help it tells how to open a backup copy saved in another location. Is there a way to specify where to save backup copies? Thanks.
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by TheChas In reply to Word Backup Copy

The backup copy is ALWAYS saved in the same folder as the working document.

The save backup copy feature in nearly ALL applications is NOT related to backing up your files for recovery.

When Word (or most other programs) saves a backup copy, what is actually done is to change the file name of the last saved copy prior to saving the newly revised version of the file.
If there is an existing backup of the file it is deleted when you save the file again.

When you save a file for the first time, there is NO backup copy.

All that you can do with Word's backup copy is recover from 1 generation of changes to the file.

Chas

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Then there is the "working" backup.

When you enable the automatic save function in most programs, they do NOT save your file.
What they do is save a copy of any open files.
This file is usually in the application folder and is deleted when the program is closed normally.

Again, not a "true" backup, but a great way to recover from a system crash.

Chas

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