You can recover your work if Illustrator crashes and you have forgotten to save. Illustrator can help you determine the cause of a crash, prevent the problem item from loading with Illustrator, and provide a list of problem-causing items so that you can troubleshoot them. You can also decide how often your data is recovered and where your recovered data is stored.

 

Set Data Recovery preferences

Set the following preferences (Preferences > File Handling & Clipboard > Data Recovery area):

  • Automatically Save Recovery Data Every. Select the checkbox to turn on data recovery.
  • Interval. Select an appropriate duration from the Interval drop-down. Illustrator saves a backup of your work at this frequency in minutes.

Tip: Setting a time interval that's too short may interrupt your flow as you work, especially if you're working on extremely large or complex files. Setting a time interval that's too long may increase the potential for data loss in the event of a crash. Use your discretion to set a value that works best for you.

  • Folder / Choose. Choose the location at which Illustrator stores the backup files.
  • Turn off Data Recovery for complex documents. When data recovery is turned on, Illustrator may pause while backing up large or complex files. If this slows down or interrupts your workflow, select the checkbox to turn off data recovery.

If Illustrator crashes during data recovery, then data recovery is turned off automatically. Re-enable data recovery from the Preferences panel (Ctrl/Cmd + K).

Set the following preferences (Preferences > File Handling & Clipboard > Data Recovery area):

  • Automatically Save Recovery Data Every. Select the checkbox to turn on data recovery.
  • Interval. Select an appropriate duration from the Interval drop-down. Illustrator saves a backup of your work at this frequency in minutes.

Tip: Setting a time interval that's too short may interrupt your flow as you work, especially if you're working on extremely large or complex files. Setting a time interval that's too long may increase the potential for data loss in the event of a crash. Use your discretion to set a value that works best for you.

  • Folder / Choose. Choose the location at which Illustrator stores the backup files.
  • Turn off Data Recovery for complex documents. When data recovery is turned on, Illustrator may pause while backing up large or complex files. If this slows down or interrupts your workflow, select the checkbox to turn off data recovery.

If Illustrator crashes during data recovery, then data recovery is turned off automatically. Re-enable data recovery from the Preferences panel (Ctrl/Cmd + K).

File Handling Preferences
Data Recovery preferences

For a step-by-step visual tutorial, see Recover files in Illustrator.

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