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Backup/Recover Options

Set frequency and folders for auto-recovery, backup, and save notification.

Auto-recovery and save notification are controlled by a specified number of minutes or changes. Changes in:

  • Part and assembly documents are rebuilds or actions that require a rebuild, such as the addition of a feature.

  • Drawing documents are any action, such as changing a dimension, creating a new view, inserting an annotation, etc.

To set the options for auto-recovery and backups:

  1. Click Options (Standard toolbar) or Tools, Options.

  2. Select Backup/Recover.

  3. Choose from the options described below, then click OK.

Click Reset to restore factory defaults for all system options or only for options on this page.


Auto-recover saves information about the active document to prevent loss of data when the system terminates unexpectedly (for example, power outage or abnormal termination). In such cases, the next time you start SolidWorks, the recovered files appear on the Task Pane Document Recovery tab. Auto-recover does not save over the original file. You can save the recovered document over the original file.

If you start a second session of the application, a message informs you that auto-recover will not work. You can continue with the second session or close the old session and start a new session.

Auto-recover creates files for open documents when the specified time or number of changes has been reached. The files are closed (and deleted) when you save the documents.

When SolidWorks Simulation is added in, its running time and number of changes are included in the time interval or change count.

Save auto recover info every <n> <units>. When auto-recovery is enabled, specify the interval in minutes or number of changes.

Auto recover folder.

Save auto-recover info after meshing and after running a simulation study. SolidWorks automatically saves file recovery information upon completion of meshing or running a study. This option is in addition to the SolidWorks Save auto recover info every feature. This option is available only when SolidWorks Simulation is added in.


Backup stores a backup of the original document before any changes are saved to the file. It is one version before the last saved version of the document. Backup files are named Backup of <document_name>. Multiple backups of a document, are named with the most recent version in Backup (1), the next most recent in Backup (2), etc.

If changes to an active document are saved in error, opening the backup file brings the document back to the point before the changes were made.

If you save a document without making any changes, the backup file is the same as the original.

Number of backup copies per document. When backup is enabled, specify from 1 to 10 copies to be saved for each document.

Backup folder. Not available if Save backup files in the same location as the original is selected.

Save backup files in the same location as the original. This option takes precedence over any specified folder.

Remove backups older than <n> days. Any out-of-date backups are removed when you start up SolidWorks.

Examine backup directories occasionally to make sure your backup copies do not use too much space.

Save notification

A transparent message, Un-Saved Document Notification, appears in the lower right corner of the graphics area if the active document has not been saved within the specified interval. Click the commands in the message to save the active document or save all open documents. The message fades after a few seconds.

Show reminder if document has not been saved for <n> <units>. When notification is enabled, specify the interval in minutes or number of changes.


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