Using the Autosave Function

Created as a Quick Guide in 2003 Copyright SuzShook
Made a "Version-Independent" Tutorial March 2009
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This tutorial was originally published as a Quick Guide in 2003. With the demise of the Quick Guide capability in PSP, this Quick Guide is being re-published as a mini-tutorial!

I make my tutorials as brief as possible, without the customary paths, details, and how-to's. For those veterans among you, this will be welcome! But for those less familiar with PSP, I included a "Glossary" that contains all the details omitted in the tutorial. If you need a little extra help, check the Glossary section. Just click on the button below - the Glossary will open in a new window.

PSP glossary button

This tutorial assumes you have a working knowledge of Paint Shop Pro at the intermediate level (or advanced beginner level with the Glossary). It was originally written in and for PSP Version 7, then revised for PSP 8, and now made "version-independent". Screen shots for this tutorial can come from any version of PSP - where there are significant differences from version to version, a green "Version Note" will be included, along with multiple screen shots if necessary.

Where a note/tip refers to a version of PSP and all higher versions, a + sign will be used to indicate this. For example, if a note/tip applies to PSP X and higher versions, I will use the convention "PSP X+".

If you try this tutorial, and find something is inaccurate for your version of PSP, please EMAIL ME to let me know so I can fix it!

Screen shots in this tutorial are resized - your work will be larger than this!

Supplies - For this tutorial, you will need the following:
  • Paint Shop Pro - any version. The latest version of PSP can be found at the Corel site HERE.

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Ok, now we're ready to begin! Grab your mouse and let's get started!

Remember to save often!

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STEP 1 - The Autosave Function

The Autosave function will automatically save a backup file of the images you are working on at specified time intervals. This will prevent you from losing your work if PSP or your computer shuts down unexpectedly. If a crash should occur, PSP will load the backup files the next time you start the program.

To access the Autosave Settings dialog, choose File...Preferences...Autosave Settings.

STEP 2 - Autosave Options

To enable the Autosave function, click the Enable autosave checkbox (red arrow below). Select a number from the Minutes box (green arrow below) to determine how frequently PSP creates a temporary backup file. To save your settings, click the OK button:

autosave dialog

STEP 3 - Temporary Files

By default, temporary files are stored in the system temporary folder. If you prefer to save them elsewhere, choose File...Preferences...File Locations, and scroll to the Undo/Temporary Files File Type (red arrow below):

undo/temp file type

Enter a new folder name, or use the Browse button (green arrow) to navigate to the folder in which you want to save the undo/temporary files.

Click the OK button to save your changes.

STEP 4 - Damaged Autosave Files

If the Autosave file gets corrupted or damaged, you may receive this message:
"The autosave file is invalid or has been damaged".

To correct this situation and delete the damaged file, follow the steps listed below:

  1. Choose File...Preferences...File Locations.
  2. In the File Types window, scroll down to and highlight Undo/Temporary files.
  3. Write down the folder name where these files are stored.
  4. Shut down PSP.
  5. Go to the location you noted above - there should be a file in that folder with a PspAutosave extension. There may even be more than one file with this extension.
  6. Delete the PspAutosave file(s) you found in the previous step.
  7. Restart PSP - the autosave file will be recreated.

Hope you have enjoyed this tutorial as much as I did creating it!

If you have any problems, comments, or questions, please do not hesitate to Email me.


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