Force InDesign to backup / autosave / keep backup copy

We recently had an incident were we lost some work in an InDesign file, although InDesign by default autosaves every minute. The issue we had is that when the program was closed it prompted us to either: cancel, save or don’t save.

By mistake we clicked don’t save. What seems to happen if you do this is that InDesign will delete its autosaved / reconvert files so it’s as if you never worked on the file at all.

I don’t think there is but is there a way to restore my lost files after I hit don’t save?

Is there a way to get InDesign to either autosave back to its original file or create a separate backup file (either over written or versioned)?

Or is there another way (obviously clicking save would be helpful, but mistakes happen which is where you need a proper backup/autosave rather than a ‘recovery’autosave)


What you could do is use a cloud service such as Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Box, etc.

These create online backups automatically, and usually have versioning, which means you can restore previous versions. So each time you save, it will create on an online backup. If something then happens to your file, you can just restore the previous version.

Even Windows offers a system of versioning that’s well worth looking into.

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