Don’t Lose More than a Minute of Work

Have you ever taken advantage of the Automatic Recovery feature in InDesign? If you’re especially lucky you’ve never had a corrupt font, bad RAM, application crashes, or a power outage. For the rest of us, the Automatic Recovery feature can save a lot of grief and hassle.


Essentially, InDesign is frequently making little mini-saves that record recent changes to your InDesign layout so that if your system crashes or the power goes out you don’t lose all your work. I show this from time to time by force-quitting the application on purpose just so folks can see it for themselves. No smoke and mirrors.But I always wondered, “How does it know what to save? How often is it saving?” I just stumbled upon this great tech note that explains all the details. Basically, InDesign performs a mini-save one per minute. The best part of this feature is that there’s nothing to turn on or learn. If and when it has to kick in, it just works.[Updated January 14, 2008 with updated URL for tech note. -AP]

2 Responses to Don’t Lose More than a Minute of Work

  1. Stefan says:

    I would like to deactivate Automatic Recovery is this possible??Thanks Stefan[RESPONSE] You can always choose to NOT recover when given the option on re-launch. -Adam

  2. Dottie says:

    Dear Sir,I just opened a file i was working on yesterday. Let’s call it Doc D.To my knowledge there had been no inDesign crash while working on Doc D. However I’ve been getting messages on startup asking if I’d like to recover data from some older docs I’m no longer using (A, B & C), docs which had some file corruption. When opening Doc D, I said ‘No’ to recover any of those old files, No Not Ever, and InDesign continued with opening Doc D (totally different project). But when it opened now there was no visible text! I tried exporting it to inx and opening it that way just in case. Nadda. Doc D seems to be blank.Any idea why this happened, or if this data from Doc D can be recovered? I cannot find any temp. files at all now.thanks, dottie[I’m not sure what sequence of events would cause this scenario, but if you had a repeatable situation whereby several InDesign documents were becoming corrupt, I’d certainly want to get to the bottom of it. In the meantime, I wonder if InDesign is showing a temp file for “Document D” instead of the current “Document D.” My suggestion would be to open your file manually instead of relying on the auto-recover mechanism, especially if you can’t remember any reason for there to be a recovery file. -Adam