Session Backups and Backup shortcut key

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12 May, 2022 08:26 AM

Following a long thread with dwg I would like to ask for the above for the reasons I gave in my original post. As follows:

I think I am right that automatic backups overwrite each other, that is, only one backup per day is kept as if several are made on the same day they are overwritten, just leaving the last one made intact.
I spend 2 hours doing some major work with MD, All is good and I close app. Later that day I do some more work on the same file and encounter major problems. I have to close the app again in order to sort it out. All my good work has now been lost as it has been overwritten by the latest backup. I now have to go back and spend the 2 hours redoing what I did before,
If sequential backups were kept I would have been able to restore to the one where all the good work had been done.
I am sure this is the case but am happy to be proved wrong. I know I could export manual backups but that is not the point.
3 questions on that basis:
1 Am I right in my thinking?
2 Why are sequential backups not kept?
3 Should this not be an option in preferences to keep either one backup per day or all backups?
I would also like a shortcut key combo as for many other options already provided.
I look forward to comments
PS On a Mac, latest MD preview and latest Big Sur

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Maddy on 12 May, 2022 10:14 AM

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    Moneydance creates automatic backup files. A backup file will be created each time you close your file until the set number exist, then each file will be updated in turn.
    You could also use a key combination to Save: ⌘ S or ctrl S

    If these files are stored in the default location, they're accessible from Moneydance via Help --> Show Backup Folder.

    You can amend the backup file settings, choose Moneydance --> Preferences, then select the 'Backups' tab, as outlined in this article of the Knowledge Base.

    From this window, you can amend the backup location, and choose the maximum number of backups to be stored.

    You could amend the backup location, so the automatic backup files are sent elsewhere. For example, you could choose an external drive, or a shared folder location like Dropbox. This will ensure your data is accessible from another system, even if you were to encounter complete computer failure.

    As you might be aware, you can also create manual backup files whenever you want, and store these files anywhere. To create a manual backup file, choose File --> Export Backup. This will create a .moneydancearchive backup file - the same format as the auto backup files.

    That being said, I will refer you suggestion to the development team for further advice.

    Please let us know if you have further questions or need more assistance.

    Maddy, Infinite Kind Support

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