This Windows App Automatically Saves Your Work (So You Don’t Have to Worry)
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Remarkable productivity is often about a thousand unremarkable steps. And occasionally you find an app so ordinary that it feels lost among the crowd of shiny new tools. But give AutoSaver a chance to impress you because it’s all about that everyday productivity.

Every wished that all of your favorite apps had auto-saving features so you wouldn’t have to worry about losing your work? AutoSaver automatically saves your work in any file or tool you’re using according to a pre-set interval (minimum is one minute).

There are two other good things about this app:

  • It’s a tiny freeware download of 21 KB.
  • It’s a portable app that you don’t need to install.

If you’re still using Windows 7 or earlier, you’ll have to install .NET Framework 4 first.

Don’t Worry About the Next Crash

A computer crash is often a massive headache. Add your own forgetfulness to save your work regularly and you have a recipe for a productivity disaster.

You can cut both losses by downloading AutoSaver and letting it automatically keep pressing Ctrl + S for you every so many minutes or hours. You don’t need to remember to save a file again.

Run the tool from its unzipped folder. A floppy like icon appears on your system tray. Click on the icon to bring up the Preferences dialog. Drag the slider to set the auto-saving interval. You can also run this tool when Windows starts.

This Windows App Automatically Saves Your Work (So You Don't Have to Worry) AutoSaver

The developer has thought of excluding specific programs from the auto-save trigger because it can get annoying sometimes. For instance, your browser will prompt you to save the current tab with its Save As dialog after set intervals. Use the little box to choose the apps you want to use the software for.

Notepad might be a good idea. Or any graphics editing applications you use every day. I tried out the tool with Notepad and Paint to see if it works.

A Simple App for a Basic Habit

Some tools are meant to rescue us from our poor computer habits. AutoSaver is ordinary — after all, the code just triggers the universal Ctrl + S keys to save any file. But maybe the simplicity is the pill you were looking for.

Want to get a taste of the elation of salvaging a lost document? You just should read the comments that flow in even today for this old article that tells you how to recover an unsaved Microsoft Word document in seconds.

Many tools have an auto-save feature built right in. Almost all web apps can save your work in the cloud. On the desktop, there are tools like Notepad++ and Microsoft Office suite with this feature. But others could use this.

Which are the software you use every day that should come with an auto-save feature enabled?

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  1. Fred Thompson
    March 29, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    AutoSaver doesn't really "save your work", it sends CTRL-S keypresses to open programs. The example given on the AutoSaver website will export a copy of an opened web page toa local file.

    One thing that Windows lacks, and would be very, very helpful, is a versioning file system. Shadow Copy is very limited and frequently exploited by malware.

    I've been looking for near-instant file versioning and sync across multiple machines with proper collision detection. The classic method of "checking out" a file to edit it which preents other people from editing is only useful if all machines are 100% guaranteed to have instant network access. That's not useful in a mobile environment such as when people are traveling. Here are the partial solutions I've found so far:

    save.me supposedly is clipboard/open document saving but there is very little explanation: http://www.aiclipboard.com/

    There are very few free file versioning programs for Windows. I've found these:
    AutoVer : http://beanland.net.au/AutoVer/
    VBackup: http://www.fileviewer.com/vbackup/ (maybe pair it with a file/folder change monitor...)
    CrashPlan free has only one level of versioning. Grrr...
    Versomatic is dead.

    ViceVersa looks good for local use but its about $55: http://www.tgrmn.com/index.htm

    There are a slew of BitTorrent Sync clones such as Pydio, Syncthing (with SyncTrayzor), IPS, Syncany, etc.
    Unison is a classic: http://www.cis.upenn.edu/~bcpierce/unison/
    TeamDrive Personal Server: https://www.teamdrive.com/en/personal-server/
    AeroFS Teams: https://aerofs.com/

    Are there other good options? Probably.

    • Saikat Basu
      April 9, 2017 at 8:49 am

      Great suggestions.
      As far as I know, NTFS has always supported versioning. I guess it's of little use to the average user that's why there's little focus on it from Microsoft itself. aiclipboard.com seems to be for text only, but there is very little literature on it.
      Anyways, thanks again for the super comment :)

  2. Mark Tristan R. Ocampo
    March 29, 2017 at 9:48 am

    I remember having an app which I just randomly downloaded from the internet way back - which does exactly the same.

    The main problem you can encounter with this is: if you want to undo or revert back to a last action and its impossible to do anymore.

    Solution: At least, make duplicate copies of your files before editing.

    • Saikat Basu
      May 5, 2017 at 1:27 pm

      Yes, as the old rule (habit) goes -- always backup! It should be built into our muscle memory.