Just to clarify - autosave saves a file with the current file name and
.auto.fm extension. It isn't the same as File > Save. If you close a
file properly, either File > Close > Yes, save changes, or No, don't
save changes, the .auto file disappears. If you perform File > Save,
the .auto file is deleted; it returns after some document activity
occurs and the interval you chose in FIle > Preferences passes. If the
OS fails, the drive fails, or the power fails, this ungraceful end of
operation keeps the .auto. When you restart and reopen the file, FM
detects the .auto file and asks if you want to use it. If you say
"Yes," it's opened as filename.auto.fm, so you still have
filename.backup.fm, and filename.fm also. This gives you three files
to open under their own names, save to new names, then use File >
Utilities > Compare files to pick-and-choose the pieces you need to
reconstruct what you can.

Word's autosave feature used to be a substitute for manual save,
meaning that it overwrote your good file with whatever experimental
content mangling you or your cat had performed. However, more recent
Word releases save a separate file, similar to FM's autosave.



Peter Gold
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