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How to change MS Project BAK file location

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  • Is there any way to change the default BAK file location in MS Project 2010 ?

    I would like the BAK files to be stored in a separate folder / location to the MPP files for obvious reasons.

    Many thanks for your help.

    Johnie,

    Bristol, England. 

    Thursday, January 17, 2013 12:47 PM

Answers

  • Hi all

    I have created VBA script which will create a new sub folder and will save the BAK file there.  When I safe the file again it does not automatically overwrite the older file but prompts for OK.

    John 

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013 10:00 AM

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  • Do you have professional or standard version?

    Sapna Shukla

    • Marked as answer by Johnie001 Friday, January 18, 2013 8:44 AM
    • Unmarked as answer by Johnie001 Friday, January 18, 2013 8:46 AM
    Thursday, January 17, 2013 2:02 PM
  • I didn't realize project pro had a backup feature.  Where is this?  Are you referring to the project server backup?

    Cheers!


    Michael Wharton, MVP, MBA, PMP, MCT, MCTS, MCSD, MCSE+I, MCDBA
    Website http://www.WhartonComputer.com
    Blog http://MyProjectExpert.com contains my field notes and SQL queries

    Thursday, January 17, 2013 2:54 PM
  • Hi Johnie,

    you cannot change the location. Project always saves the BAK file to the same location where the MPP file resides. You can however use a little script/vba code to copy these file types to a place of you choice.

    Best,

    Renke


    http://www.holert.com Project Management with MS Project - Oldenburg, Berlin, Munich/Germany

    • Proposed as answer by Renke Holert Thursday, February 14, 2013 7:34 PM
    Thursday, January 17, 2013 9:05 PM
  • Michael --
     
    The backup feature is pretty well buried in the Microsoft Project 2010 desktop tool.  To use this feature, open or create a project and then click File > Save As.  In the lower right corner of the Save As dialog, click the little Tools pick list button and select the General Options item.  In the Save Options dialog, you will see the Always Create Backup option.  This is the feature that the user was describing when referring to the BAK file.  If you select this option in the Microsoft Project 2010 desktop application, every time you save the project in question, the software will save as second copy as a backup.  Hope this helps.
     

    Dale A. Howard [MVP]
    VP of Educational Services
    msProjectExperts
    http://www.msprojectexperts.com
    http://www.projectserverexperts.com
    "We write the books on Project Server"

    Thursday, January 17, 2013 10:00 PM
  • Thanks Dale.

    We are looking to save the BAKs in a subfolder for good house keeping and only have the project files in the main directory.  Any advice please?

    Thanks John

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013 11:08 AM
  • Thanks Renke.

    We are looking to save the BAKs in a subfolder for good house keeping and only have the project files in the main directory.  Any advice/scripy/vba please?

    Thanks John

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013 11:09 AM
  • John --
     
    I do not believe there is a way to force Microsoft Project to save the BAK file in another folder.  The software is programmed to save the BAK file in the same folder as the original file.  Hope this helps.
     

    Dale A. Howard [MVP]
    VP of Educational Services
    msProjectExperts
    http://www.msprojectexperts.com
    http://www.projectserverexperts.com
    "We write the books on Project Server"

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013 1:08 PM
  • Hi all

    I have created VBA script which will create a new sub folder and will save the BAK file there.  When I safe the file again it does not automatically overwrite the older file but prompts for OK.

    John 

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013 10:00 AM
  • John --
     
    You are very creative, my friend.  Way to go!  :)
     

    Dale A. Howard [MVP]
    VP of Educational Services
    msProjectExperts
    http://www.msprojectexperts.com
    http://www.projectserverexperts.com
    "We write the books on Project Server"

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013 1:33 PM