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Backup Files

Atlantis can create automatic and regular backups of your documents as you work on them. Successive versions of each document are saved to a special backup folder. In this way, you will always be able to go back to earlier versions of any document.

Each backup file created by Atlantis has the name of the original document file plus the date and time when this backup file was created. For example, if the original document file is named "My document.rtf", its backup file would have a name like this: "My document 22-05-17 1901.rtf". This means that this backup file was created on May 17, 2022, 19:01 (7:01 PM).

When you want to restore an earlier version of a document, you simply have to find a backup file created at the required date and time.

To enable or disable automatic creation of backup files, or to configure the Backup Files feature of Atlantis, choose the Tools | Options... menu The main menu or simply menu is a horizontal bar with clickable commands anchored to the top of the main window of Atlantis:

Main menu
command, then click the Backup Files... button on the Load / Save tab. Alternatively you can use the File | Save Special | Backup Options... menu The main menu or simply menu is a horizontal bar with clickable commands anchored to the top of the main window of Atlantis:

Main menu
command. In both cases, the Backup Files dialog will pop up:

The 'Backup files' dialog

To enable automatic creation of backup files, check the Back up every box in this dialog. You can specify the minimal time interval between two backups of a document.

To change the location of your backup folder, click the Browse... button next to the Backup Folder box. Note that before clicking the Browse... button you should first create a new backup folder on your disk using your file manager.

If the Each document has a separate backup sub-folder box is checked, Atlantis will create a separate sub-folder for the backups of each document. For example, if the backup folder of Atlantis is My documents\Atlantis\Backup, the backups for the document "Doc01.rtf" will be saved to this folder: My documents\Atlantis\Backup\Doc01.rtf.
When this option is unchecked, the backups for all documents are stored directly under the backup folder as a continuous list of files.

Use the Maximum number of backup files for a document box to specify how many backups are allowed for each document. When the backups for a document exceed this maximum, older backups of this document get automatically deleted. If Max is specified for the Maximum number of backup files for a document, the maximum number of backups for this document will only be limited by the available free disk space.

Another way to control the amount of backup files is the Automatically remove backup files older than NN days option. Enable it to keep only recent backup versions of your documents.

Click the View Backups... button to browse the backup folder in the file manager. You could remove excess files or folders, copy files from the backup folder to another folder, etc.

You can quickly delete the backup files you do not need by clicking the Delete Backup Files... button:

Delete backup files

Tip:

  • If you feel that the current version of your active document is significant, you can put it to the backups even when the automatic creation of backup files is disabled in your Atlantis. Just choose the File | Save Special | Save To Backups menu The main menu or simply menu is a horizontal bar with clickable commands anchored to the top of the main window of Atlantis:

    Main menu
    command. This command is also available through the drop-down menu of the Save document as... Button image toolbar button:
    Save to backups

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