You can autorecover at least a part of your unsaved files if you lose power in the midst of a writing session or you close the file without saving it. There are two steps to the process. 1) Configure your Autosave setting. a) Select File > Options > Save from the menu to display the Save Documents screen. b) Select the Save AutoRecover information every … Minutes check-box and set the time interval to something like 10 min (default). c) Select the Keep the last autosaved version if I close without saving check-box. d) Browse and select another location if you do not like the default autorecover file location. e) Click OK to save the settings. 2) Recover your autosaved document. a) If you close a file without saving it, select File >Info > Manage Versions > Recover Unsaved Documents. This will open the AutoRecover folder that you’ve configured in the previous step. b) Select the autosaved file and click Open to open (recover) it. NOTE. Even when you configure the AutoRecover option you still need to save your document regularly to make sure all of it will be saved. When, for example, you set your AutoRecover Information interval to (once in every) 10 minutes, and your computer crashes 9 minutes after the last AutoRecover, then you will lose everything you did during those 9 minutes — unless, of course, you manually save your document.
As an alternative to having a backup program keep your document in the Automaton (and Automaton's folder) while you’ve saved it, the following works if you use a free, open source (and open source!) text editor. Open the save window of the editor. Select File > Save or File > Save with this Version and type in the save file. Click Save (or Save with this Version) to save your document. If you have the ability to keep your document in a separate folder on your computer, you can open the file in that folder. Once saved, the file becomes available to be restored, and can be recovered via the AutoRecover option. 4) Check your AutoRecover settings. To make sure you really have the best AutoRecover options, you have to manually check each setting. Simply open your saved document. Select File >Info > Manage Versions > AutoRecover. Then check.