If InDesign is able to recover documents, you need do nothing. When trying to open a recovered document that is damaged to the point that it is unopenable, InDesign may simply quit unexpectedly without displaying a message. If InDesign encounters a problem while trying to recover documents, you may receive one of the following messages:
General application message
"Do you want to start automatic recovery?"
This message indicates that one or more of the documents requiring recovery are damaged (even though there is no mention of damage).
- "[File name] could not be found. Do you want to postpone it's recovery?"
- This message indicates that InDesign could not locate the document because it has been deleted, moved, or renamed. Or, the volume (server) on which the document is located may be currently unavailable.
- "[File name] could not be recovered because it had been changed."
- This message indicates that the document has already been recovered and saved over a network, so the contents of the document no longer match the local file that contains the mini-saved information.
- "Cannot open 'unknown document.' Database error information not available."
- This message indicates that the document's temporary file is damaged or cannot be found. You may still open the last saved version of the document.
- "[File name] is damaged beyond any possibility of recovery."
- This message indicates that the InDesign document is unrecoverable because it is damaged.
- "[File name] may be damaged. Do you want to open it anyway?
- This message indicates inconsistencies in the document that could cause a crash. If you select to open the document, copy and paste its contents into a new document.
Recovery choice messages
After you receive a recovery message, InDesign asks you how to proceed. Under most circumstances, you can click Yes, No, or Cancel as follows:
- Click Yes to continue the recovery of the remaining documents, but to leave the document listed in the alert on the list of documents in the RecoveryData file. InDesign will try to recover this document again the next time you start.
- Click No to continue the recovery of the remaining documents but remove the document listed in the alert from the list of documents in the RecoveryData file. InDesign will not try to recover this file again.
- Click Cancel to stop the recovery process for all documents. The next time you start InDesign, it will try to recover all documents again.
Note: If the document can be opened, you can also choose File > Revert to revert to the last saved version of the document. Choosing the Revert command discards the mini-saved file.