Recovery and undo

Recover documents

InCopy guards your data against unexpected power or system failures using an automatic recovery feature. Automatically recovered data exists in a temporary file that is separate from the original document file on disk. Under normal circumstances you don’t need to think about automatically recovered data, because any document updates stored in the automatic recovery file are automatically added to the original document file when you choose the Save or Save As command or exit from InCopy normally. Automatically recovered data is important only if you’re unable to save successfully before an unexpected power or system failure.

Even though these features exist, you should save your files often and create backup files in case of unexpected power or system failures.

Find recovered documents

  1. Restart your computer.
  2. Start InCopy .

    If automatically recovered data exists, InCopy automatically displays the recovered document. The word [Recovered] appears after the filename in the title bar of the document window to indicate that the document contains unsaved changes that were automatically recovered.


    If InCopy fails after attempting to open a document using automatically recovered changes, the automatically recovered data may be corrupted.

  3. Do one of the following:
    • For Adobe InCopy® files linked to an InDesign publication, choose File > Save.

    • For stand-alone InCopy files, choose File >Save As, specify a location and a new filename, and click Save. The Save As command creates a new file that includes the automatically recovered data.

    • To discard any automatically recovered changes and use the last saved version of the file, choose File > Revert Content.

  4. Do one of the following:
    • To save the recovered data, choose File >Save As, specify a location and a new filename, and click Save. The Save As command keeps the recovered version that includes the automatically recovered data; the word [Recovered] disappears from the title bar.

    • To discard automatically recovered changes and use the most recent version of the document that was explicitly saved to disk before the failure occurred, close the file without saving it and open the file on disk, or choose File > Revert.

Change the location of recovered documents

  1. Choose Edit > Preferences > File Handling (Windows) or InCopy  > Preferences > File Handling (Mac OS).
  2. Under Document Recovery Data, click Browse (Windows) or Choose (Mac OS).
  3. Specify the new location for the recovered document, click Select (Windows) or Choose (Mac OS), and then click OK.

Undo mistakes

If necessary, you can cancel a lengthy operation before it’s completed, undo recent changes, or revert to a previously saved version. You can undo or redo up to several hundred of the most recent actions (the amount is limited by the amount of RAM available and the kinds of actions you performed). The series of actions is discarded when you choose the Save As command, close a document, or when you exit from the program.

  1. Do one of the following:
    • To undo the most recent change, choose Edit > Undo [action]. (You cannot undo certain actions, such as scrolling.)

    • To redo an action, choose Edit > Redo [action].

    • To undo all changes made since the last time you saved the project, choose File > Revert (InDesign) or File > Revert Content (InCopy).

    • To close a dialog box without applying changes, click Cancel.


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