Quick-Saving Documents

After recently formatting my computer I tried to re-install the visual basic macro that I use to save my documents. This macro automatically saves the file with today’s date in the filename and moves the old file to a backup location.

I came to my website to copy the code off, only to discover that the PDF I had uploaded did not play nice at all when copy+pasting. So here is a word document that will copy+paste much easier: Auto-Save VB code

See the original post for how to install it.

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Update on Quick-Saving Documents

In Writing Tools I provided a Microsoft Word macro that I use for quick saving documents, which automatically adds a datestamp to the beginning (or end) of the filename with a single click, and moves the old version to another location.

In the original article, I recommended putting the datestamp at the beginning of the file so that files are sorted nicely in the directory by date.

2015-06-19 Vengeance Will Come.docx

This works fine if the entire story is in a single document. However since then I’ve noticed Word tends to struggle a bit when documents grow too big, so I have split my document into chapters.

So now I have an amended recommendation:

If you are using the auto-archiving feature which automatically moves old versions of the document to an alternate location and you have multiple documents per story, then the datestamp works best when at the end of the filename.

Chapter 1 – Vengeance Will Come 2015-06-19.docx

This way it will be ordered nicely by chapter and as auto-archiving moves files you will still only have the latest version of each chapter in the folder.

Quick Save Your Documents

“You begin saving the world by saving one man at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics.” Charles Bukowski

Following on in the same vein as my attempt to organise my writing files… After I’ve made the obligatory coffee, how do I first start to write? I open up my writing folder on the computer, and

  1. Copy-and-paste the document, to create a copy.
    datestamped file
  2. As I like to date stamp my writing (in the event of something cataclysmic happening), I then have to rename the file, changing the date at the start (to today’s date) and trim off the “- Copy” at the end.
  3. I then drag the previous (older) version of the file into an archive location, so my directory isn’t full of dozens of duplicates.

It might only take a few seconds, but it is tedious, and time better spent actually writing. No More.

I have created a fairly intelligent macro to do all this boring stuff for me, and now share it with you.

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