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Tip 2.20: What does Visual Studio do to autorecover files in the case of an unexpected shutdown?

August 15, 2009
Sara Aside

People on the testing team used to tease the tester who owned the AutoRecover feature that every time there was a power failure in the building (because of a storm or other such event), he was standing near some big red switch in the off position with a grin on his face so that everyone in the building could test his features for him.


Under ToolsOptionsEnvironment, you’ll find the AutoRecover page.

Note that you can opt out of the AutoRecover feature by unchecking the Save AutoRecover Information Every check box.

The rest of the page is self-explanatory, but did you know where Visual Studio saves these autorecovered files? They are saved in \My Documents\
Visual Studio <version>\Backup Files\<projectname>.


In case you (hopefully) have never seen the AutoRecover dialog box, here’s what it looks like. It’ll pop up the next time you launch Visual Studio after
an unexpected shutdown. You have the options to either use the backup files or ignore them.


Pretty neat, huh? How do you spell relief? 🙂

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