Windows Screenwriter creates a timed backup of your document as you write, usually saving about every five minutes but the interval can be set as frequently as every minute by using the Tools>Options menu command, click on the Startup/Files tab, and setting the Timed Backup Frequency option.
If Screenwriter crashes, you may recover the timed backup version of your document by using the following steps.
To manually retrieve a Timed Backup:
- Click on File > Open.
- From the "Files of Type" list at the bottom of the window, choose Timed Backups.
- At the top of the window, select the folder designated as the Timed Backup location; by default, this is under Documents (or My Documents) > Screenwriter Documents > Timed Backups.
- Select the Timed Backup with the name of your document (e.g. [name of your file].tmb) and click Open.
- Assuming this has most (or all) of the data you were working on, click on File > Save As and save the file into the folder where you normally store your files. You might want to opt to save under a slightly different name (e.g. [name of your file]_v2.mmsw).
Screenwriter also creates backup copies (.BK) of previous versions of your documents every time you save (File>Save or CTRL+S). Here is a link that describes the difference between .TMB and .BK documents.