Options: File

On the File tab of the Options dialog box, set the environment for saving and opening Show files.


To set options related to saving

  1. Click Tools > Options.
    Or click the Options icon on the Tools tab.
  2. In the Options dialog box, select the File tab.
  3. In Save, select Auto Save When Idle and specify “60” seconds, then click Set.
  4. If you do not type anything for 60 seconds, save the document automatically.

More Information

File Tab of Options Dialog Box


Auto Save a Temporary for Recovery

Specify File Location


Auto Save file extension and save location

Always Auto Save saves the file as * hsa extension. The folder where the Auto Save file is saved is the Windows temporary folder.

You can check the location of temp folder from Button > About Show > Folder Info.

Differences between backup files (*.hsbk) and Auto Save files (*.hsa)

Always Auto Save is different with Create backup file which specifies whether to create *.hsbk files each time you run File > Save.

If you set Create backup file, the *.hsbk file is created along with *.show when you clicked Save, and it remains until the next time you select Save. In contrast, the *.hsa file created by Always Auto Save will be delete from the disk when you finish using Show normally.

When a temporary recovery file (*.hsa) remains

You should not forget to run File > Save while you are editing a document because the purpose of Always Auto Save is simply to provide minimum protection against unexpected accidents. The Auto Save file is just a temporary file named *.hsa, not *.show. This Auto Save file will be deleted when you finish using Show normally. Accident occurs when you could not finish using the program normally. In this case, run Show again to open *.hsa file that remains in the Windows temporary folder. Save this file as a *.show file.

The temporary file for recovery (*.hsa) that are normally opened will be moved to the Recovered folder under the temporary folder. Delete or open this file again as needed.

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